French Quarter street improvements done French Quarter street improvements done The Associated Press Jan. 07, 2013 Comments NEW ORLEANS — A joint effort between the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans has completed $11.3 million in street and sidewalk improvements in the French Quarter. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said that the work in New Orleans’ tourist heartland was mostly completed in December, although some minor items remain, according to a news release. Parts of eight streets were paved, curbs and sidewalks were repaired and wheelchair ramps were installed. Street names are being set in New Orleans’ trademark blue-and-white tiles at corners. Enough money was left over to allow the city to build some additional pedestrian safety islands. The work was part of the Paths to Progress program, a $90 million-plus effort to improve more than 60 roads in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.