New Orleans mayor says 2009 is a big year for city construction

03/18/2009 | USA Today

More than $700 million in federal aid money will allow New Orleans to start construction on mixed-income housing developments, jails, police and fire stations and theaters this year. The structures were damaged during Hurricane Katrina flooding in 2005. Mayor Ray Nagin said more than $20 billion in construction activity will take place in the city this year when construction on school, sewer and levee projects that are not part of the city's budget are taken into account. "You're going to be able to see, touch and feel it," Nagin said. "We're really headed into a year of unprecedented construction."

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