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NEWORLEANS- As New Orleans polishes itself up for the Super Bowl, Louisiana's Department of Transportation and Development is tackling around a dozen projects expected to be completed by the big game. Eyewitness News tracked down a break-down of how much those projects are costing taxpayers.

'[It] is a show to the tourists and the nation that we do all these great things,' said Lakeview resident Mike Diasselliss about the pre-Super Bowl beautification projects currently underway.

Uprooted shrubs and downed fencing mark the spot along I-10 eastbound near the Slidell exit where a $717,942 project to improve fencing and landscaping along the I-10 corridor is underway. Its just one of more than a dozen improvements projects underway as crews ready metro New Orleans for the national spotlight.

'I'm not really a big fan of these big projects that go away. They take federal money for limited use for people like Super Bowl visitors and the tourists. But not the citizens who live here,' said Diasselliss.

Eyewitness News obtained documents from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development detailing fourteen 'Super Bowl Prep' projects. The price tags for nine of them range between $273,000 nearly $4.8 million. If you add them all up the total is nearly $13.5 million.

Here is a list of those projects:
1) Replace and upgrade fencing/landscaping along I-10 corridor.
Estimated Cost: $717,942

2) I-10: N.O. Terminal CO. R/R BR Painting.
Estimated Cost: $700,000

3) US 90 - Z : Retrofit Conc. Br. Rail & Alum Handrail.Estimated Cost: $273,663

4) High Rise Bridge Rail Modifications.
Estimated Cost: $1,325,000.

5) I-10 /Airport Access Rd. Landscaping.
Estimated Cost: $805,000

6) Airport Access Road. Estimated Cost: $1,936,087

7) Franklin-Highrise Median Landscaping.
Estimated Cost: $288,735

8) St. Charles P/L - Williams BLVD
Estimated Cost: $4,796,777

9) Convention Center Blvd. to Simon Bolivar.
Estimated Cost: $2,374,349

'It would be nice if they spent some of that money on us, on these roads that have been this way since I moved here four years ago,' said Diasselliss who lives in Lakeview.Roads in his neighborhood are in need of serious repair and the homeowner says its been this way since before Katrina.

'They've gotta make it right for the Super Bowl you know. For the tourists and all you know,' said Henry Williams. The Gentilly resident would love to see the same tax dollars that are being used for Super Bowl preps, redirected to fix roads and blighted homes in the community.

'We need repairs back in this area especially Burbank [Drive] and Warrington [Drive],' said Williams.

LADOTD says some of those projects were in the works ahead of the Super Bowl; others were recommendations made by the City of New Orleans and the Super Bowl host committee ahead of game day.
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