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NEW ORLEANS -- Driving through downtown New Orleans can lead to frayed nerves these days, as folks dodge heavy equipment and construction crews across a large area.

For many, all the work is a sign of progress, but it's adding up to daily battles against bigger than usual backups.

'It's just bumper to bumper all day,' said one driver. 'I work downtown and to get from the West Bank to this area in the morning time, I have to leave out the door at 6 a.m. just to be at work for 8 a.m.'

With so much work in the French Quarter and CBD happening all at once, New Orleans police have been fanning out across some of the most congested spots -- directing traffic through already busy intersections.

Still, things are often slow going.

Over the past few months, the Loyola streetcar expansion project has caused some of the biggest challenges, with the construction zone running all the way from Howard to Canal.

At times, folks find themselves being re-routed, adding to the confusion.

'It's ridiculous. I don't really know my way around, and with all the cops blocking traffic, I'm not really sure where I'm supposed to go,' one woman said.

However, relief is just around the corner, officials say, as both the Loyola Avenue and French Quarter street and sidewalk repair projects are scheduled to wrap up within the next couple months.

State DOTD officials say the French Quarter work should be completed by mid-December, while the RTA says the streetcar project will be finished in mid-January.

This, as New Orleans gears up to host one of the world's biggest events.

'Well, you know, they're getting the city ready for the Super Bowl, so that's what we have to go through, so I think it's a good thing,' one driver said.

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