underground highway

topic posted Mon, May 3, 2004 - 10:21 AM by  flick my bic
i know this sounds crazy, but i'm listening (okay, overhearing) to 2 guys talk about an underground highway that was built downtown and (of course) never used. supposidly they've both been in it when it was built in the late 60's. has anyone heard of this?
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flick my bic
New Orleans
  • Re: underground highway

    Tue, May 4, 2004 - 7:05 AM
    never heard of it, and sounds kinda suspicious, given that much of the city sits perilously atop a not-so-far-down water table.

    maybe there was a "i know where you gotcher shoes" punchline to follow... :)
  • Re: underground highway

    Tue, May 4, 2004 - 7:25 AM
    OK I-10 was originally going to run along the riverfront. It what is now seen as one very large bullet dodged, a group of preservationists at the time protested it running in front of the French Quarter. From what I understand it would have run along parts of Decatur and the NOPB RR tracks. And in a tribute to stupidity in a town that can't keep the water off its streets a part of it was also scheduled to run underground. And they even built a section of it before the whole interstate was moved to Claiborne Ave. screwing up that street. The underground section was built in front of what was then the Rivergate and what is now Harrah's Casino. I am unsure of how long it goes but apparently this must be what those guys were talking about.
    • Re: underground highway

      Tue, May 4, 2004 - 7:42 AM
      wow, weird. and judging by location, that might be the same thing as what's in the link i posted, since the brief mentioned napoleon and south claiborne. crazy. (and yes, stupid. :-) )

      btw, anthony, you seem to have a wealth of trivia knowledge about new orleans. every thread i read you say something about the city id never heard before. good stuff. ;-)
      • Re: underground highway

        Tue, May 4, 2004 - 10:10 PM
        Actually the link you sent referencing Napoleon and Claiborne is actually part of an ongoing drainage project for Uptown New Orleans. It has been going on for at least 3 years and it is why Napoleon was torn up for years and then Claiborne had all the lande shifts it has recently.

        PS. I just remember a lot of stuff. Unfortunately what I seem to forget is names of people I met.
    • Re: underground highway

      Tue, May 4, 2004 - 8:49 AM
      Thank you anthony! That's excatly where they were talking about. In the running tab of dumb things that the city has done, this must be one of the dumbest. These guys were talking about it in refrence to someone who had tried and failed to get permission to delvelop the underground part for shopping.
      • Re: underground highway

        Tue, May 4, 2004 - 10:12 PM
        I like to think of something that was dumb that started but didn't actually happen. Can you imagine what the quarter and the marigny would be like if I-10 ran along the river.

        Now if we could only do something more interesting and productive with the land under the current overpass. Then north claiborne might not look so bombed out in places.

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