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Traffic

During the federal permitting process, we’ll evaluate how the new terminal will affect vehicle, train, and shipping traffic in the local area and beyond.

Road Traffic and Potential Improvements

Based on traffic studies, the Port of New Orleans will implement solutions within the terminal area to minimize the impacts of vehicle traffic on the community. The Port has already begun coordinating with other agencies to address infrastructure concerns outside of the Port's authority. The Port of New Orleans will continue to partner with St. Bernard Parish, the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation Development for traffic solutions.

Road improvements may happen in phases based on needs as the terminal is built. Truck traffic is not expected to increase significantly in the early stages of the project. As the terminal earns business in future years, traffic could increase. The traffic studies will inform this and help us find ways to address potential impacts.

Light bulbTraffic studies will include:

  • vehicle and train traffic flow
  • existing traffic patterns
  • future growth within the Parish
  • traffic patterns over time if the terminal wasn’t built
  • traffic impacts expected from the terminal over time
  • potential ripple effects beyond the terminal

St. Bernard Transportation Corridor

Local officials and community members have envisioned a third roadway for years. Now, the Louisiana International Terminal can help initiate this much-needed infrastructure.

The Port of New Orleans is working with local, state, and federal transportation partners to facilitate the design and construction of a new roadway. One option in consideration is an elevated roadway road located outside the levees along the 40 Arpent Canal. This parallel project would connect Lower St. Bernard Parish to the interstate system.

While this roadway is not a Port of New Orleans project, we are a dedicated advocate. The Port supports the Regional Planning Commission and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in their efforts. The Port is coordinating with these agencies on the early steps of the project in an effort to mitigate future potential traffic impacts and address historical needs of St. Bernard Parish residents.

Conceptual Rendering of Roadway Project

The new roadway will:

  • help to relieve traffic congestion that would happen with or without the terminal
  • offer an alternative route for trucks
  • serve as another hurricane evacuation route for residents in the Parish
  • attract and keep new economic investments and industries
  • reduce safety concerns and air quality impacts on local roadway

Train Traffic

Rail infrastructure is an important element of the federal permitting process. We are conducting a rail study to understand the impacts of terminal-related train traffic. The Port of New Orleans is also working with Norfolk Southern Railroad and local, state, and federal partners to plan for changes and improvements that may be necessary as a result of the project. The Port aims to address potential impacts of train traffic on the community.

As more information is available from the permitting process, we will share it with you here.

River Traffic

Barge traffic will be considered in the federal permitting process transportation studies. We will share more details about this part of the study as information becomes available.