“We've been able to identify all eligible damages and expedite reimbursement, thereby allowing for a constant stream of federal funding for the construction projects under way,” says Mendoza. “Over the next few years, we'll benefit from additional recovery-related street improvements exceeding $700 million.

“The estimated 300 projects scheduled for the near future concentrate the city's resources on rehabilitating roadways directly affecting local neighborhoods.”

— Norman (jnorman@drconsultants.org) is president of Disaster Recovery Consultants in New Orleans.

Strategic fundraising

Since 2005, the New Orleans Department of Public Works has obtained:

  • $38 million in FEMA reimbursements
  • $270 million in FHWA funds including the submerged roads, off-system bridge, road, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Enhancement and Safety programs
  • $74 million in state permanent infrastructure repair revolving loans
  • $62 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for streetscaping and road improvements
  • $260 million in general obligation bonds
  • Total = $704 million.
  • Web Extra

    To see how Mendoza's team grouped enhancement projects, and to learn how another Hurricane Katrina victim secured $100 million in federal aid, visit the “article links” page under “resources” at www.pwmag.com.

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    The stimulus package is paying entirely for the second phase of rebuilding Fleur de Lis Drive from Veterans Memorial Boulevard to 30th Street, an $11 million project. Image: Regional Planning Commission

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    New Orleans Department of Public Works will soon begin the first phase of rebuilding Earhart Boulevard, from Hamilton Street to Fern Street, with $11 million in stimulus funding. Image: Regional Planning Commission