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Jan/Feb 2010 Issue

Get the most from your membership

Most members know they can rely on AAA for roadside help, but others don’t know they can count on AAA for a host of other travel, automotive and insurance services, as well as great discounts.

To show all the savings and benefits that a membership provides, AAA is hosting a free and informal “Maximize Your Membership” presentation at the Little Rock, Ark., office at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. Among the topics discussed will be exclusive travel discounts, automotive services, AAA insurance and the Show Your Card & Save® discount program.

Please RSVP by calling (501) 223-9222. The office is at 9116 Rodney Parham.

Bicycle lanes part of post-Katrina road rebuilding in New Orleans

As part of the Submerged Roads Program, 10 streets in the New Orleans Central Business District (CBD) that were damaged in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are being repaired in a $14.9-million project that will also include new bicycle lanes.

Among the streets that will be repaired are Poydras Street, St. Charles Avenue and Magazine Street in an area between Canal Street and the Pontchartrain Expressway. The work, expected to be completed by next fall, includes replacing damaged concrete, resurfacing the roadway and more.

The South Louisiana Submerged Roads Program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration and includes more than 50 projects in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes with an investment of more than $100 million. In order to qualify for rebuilding, street sections must have suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina flooding or have seen heavy use during the hauling of debris after the storm.

In addition to road resurfacing, the CBD project will include additional enhancements on seven streets, including sidewalk improvements, landscaping and about 21,000 linear feet of bicycle lanes and shared-use lanes. New Orleans ranked eighth among the nation’s largest cities for the percentage of people who use bikes for commuting, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 data.

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