NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- Thursday morning, New Orleans city leaders will join workers with the United States Department of Transportation and others to announce plans for a new Canal Street Ferry terminal.
According to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office, the city will receive a $10 million grant to build the new terminal at the end of Canal Street.
The project will be part of the city's redevelopment along the Mississippi River leading up to its 300th anniversary in 2018.
The big reveal for the construction plans is set for Thursday morning at 9:00 in Woldenberg Park.
The grant money comes from the Obama Administration’s competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery competitive grant program.
The mayor says the project will redesign the entire river front, including taking down the current ferry terminal, pushing two pieces of property near there together, bringing in passenger boat tours and more -- that will all improve transportation for tourists and residents along the river and hopefully stimulate further growth and redevelopment along the Mississippi River, before the city’s 300th Anniversary in 2018.
“Today is a really great announcement of an essential piece to a long term plan to redevelop the riverfront in and around New Orleans," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu
“When it comes to transportation, the American people deserve a system that’s safe and reliable and as good as they are," said Carlos Monje, Jr., the U.S. DOT Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy.
No word on when construction is set to begin. We’ll let you know when more plans are revealed.