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NOPD Reminds Public of Street Closures, Safety Tips ahead of Weekend Festivities

by Ambria R. Washington

December 29, 2017

Categories: Announcement, On the Beat

Topics: Districts

NOPD Reminds Public of Street Closures, Safety Tips ahead of Weekend Festivities

The NOPD would like to remind the public of street closures ahead of the Allstate Sugar Bowl events and the New Year’s Eve celebration.

Starting tonight (Dec. 29), the NOPD will implement a hard closure starting at 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. from Iberville to Dumaine Streets. No traffic will be allowed to cross Bourbon Street during these hours. 

Saturday, Dec. 30:


Starting Saturday, Dec. 30 through Monday, Jan. 1 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., NOPD will implement a soft closure of the French Quarter that will include streets leading into the French Quarter on Canal, Decatur, N. Rampart and Dumaine Streets.

Click here to view the city's full list of streets where parking will be permitted

Sunday, Dec. 31:


On Sunday, Dec. 31 at 2:30 p.m., the Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade will begin at Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street and proceed down Decatur Street, past Jackson Square and the Allstate Fan Fest, disbanding at Canal Street. Street closures will start at approximately 2 p.m. and will include N. Peters Street from Canal to Conti Streets and from Dumaine Street to Elysian Fields Avenue, and Decatur Street from Conti to Dumaine Streets.


NOPD officers will monitor the pedestrian crowd and will divert vehicular traffic from Decatur and S. Peters Street, between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue, as needed based on pedestrian traffic. On December 31 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., parking will not be permitted at a number of locations.


The 500 and 600 block of Frenchman Street will also be closed to traffic starting on New Year’s Eve night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. 

Monday, Jan. 1:


On Monday, Jan. 1, for the Allstate Sugar Bowl, NOPD officers will be monitoring pedestrian crowds in the French Quarter and will divert vehicular traffic if necessary. NOPD will regulate traffic around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome starting approximately one hour before the start of the 7:45 p.m. game.

If you plan to use any ride-sharing services, like always, please follow the list of tips provided by Uber below:

1.Request Your Ride Inside: Wait safely indoors while keeping an eye on your app for your driver to arrive.

2.Know Your Uber, Avoid Scams: When you request an Uber, you’re given the driver’s name, photo and license plate number in your app. Before you get in the car, check the license plate number and look in the window to make sure the driver matches the photo. When you open the door, ask for the driver’s name. Always remember Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so never accept street hail solicitations from those claiming to be Uber.

3.Be a Backseat Rider: If you’re riding alone, choose to sit in the backseat. This ensures you have the option of exiting either side of the vehicle after it safely stops to avoid moving traffic.

4.Share Your Trip Details: While en route, you can monitor your own trip in your app and share your trip details with friends and family. Simply tap the “Send Status” button to immediately send your driver’s name, photo, vehicle, and where you are on the map to a friend or family member, so they know when you’ve safely arrived. They don’t even need to download the app to track your trip!

5.Protect your Personal Information: As you would anywhere, be cautious when sharing personal information. There is no need to share your phone number or personal contact details. Riders and drivers’ phone numbers are hidden when they communicate via the Uber app to protect everyone’s privacy.

6.Give Feedback: Your feedback helps Uber improve the experience for everyone, maintain a high quality service and provide accountability.

7.Plan Ahead: Take time to review the safety features available to you in the app before you head out with friends, so you know how to use them.

8.Be Kind and Respectful: Please treat your driver as you would want to be treated. Be respectful of his or her personal vehicle. Our community guidelines apply to both riders and drivers.

9.Follow Your Intuition: Trust your instincts and use your best judgement when using the Uber app. Be aware of your surroundings. And if you ever feel you’re in an emergency situation, always call 911 immediately.

10.Don't Forget - Buckle up: You may not be in the driver's seat, but that's no excuse to forget the Golden Rule of car ridership.