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Old 03-04-2011, 05:45 AM
 
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Good morning,
I know there are quite a few older threads about the commute from the Northshore but I'm hoping for some feedback on the current drive times given the bridge/flood wall construction.

I have been offered a great job in New Orleans and would love to accept but I have two elementary age children. From what I've been told and read on here, the North Shore (and especially Mandeville) would be our best option for safe, top notch elementary schools since it is too late to get them into any Charter schools for next year. (Any good ones in the city other than charter or private that I don't know about?)

If we live in Mandeville, what is the average commute time to the Central Business District during the peak traffic times? I would be working either 8-4:30 or 9-5. I have read that I can expect 1 hour into the city and 1.5-2 hours on the way back across the Causeway. Is this true? For those who may drive this every day I'd love to hear what your commute is like.

Thanks so much to everyone who is willing to share any information.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:59 AM
 
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Getting into the CBD in the morning is usually a little easier than getting out in the afternoon. You're looking at about a 40-50 min commute in the morning, and possibly up to an hour & 15 min commute in the afternoon. If you work 8-4:30, you will be able to get out a little faster because when 5:00 rolls around, traffic is stacked on I-10 from the CBD through Metairie. Fortunately, the floodwall construction on the Causeway isn't having as much as an impact as originally thought. At least not so far. They've been good about doing their construction during off-peak traffic hours and adjusting the traffic lights accordingly. You might also want to consider the Slidell area as well as it is in St. Tammany Parish as well.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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Thanks for the info Vorpal. That seems like a bit more of a commute than I could put up with for long. Too bad as I really love the city. I wish the public schools were better so it was possible to live in Orleans parish and not have to pay a ton of money for private school.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:01 PM
 
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Check out Jefferson Parish (Metairie, Kenner, and Westbank). You'll have a shorter commute and better schools.

If you do live in Orleans Parish, don't let the cost of schools scare you. The average tuition for parochial school is $7000 per year. Consider that gas is pushing $3.50/gallon, it's a 50-mile roundtrip across the Causeway with a $3 toll and no free parking in the CBD (minimum $3/day). You may as well live in the city and pay for parochial school. The schools have arranged for local banks to make low- to no-interest loans so that parents can pay for tuition in monthly installments.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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Thanks for the info everyone. Sadly, I decided to decline the offer. I'll have to settle for visiting the city for now and maybe move down later in life.
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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Too bad. Since New Orleans is supposedly the #1 worst city for jobs, maybe you could let everyone know which local company is hiring and for what.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:14 AM
 
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Good day all.

To follow on JGBigGreen's post...I'm on my way to NOLA as well and will be working in the harbour. Was looking at staying in Mandeville/Covington etc...

What is the travel/commute time and would somewhere like Harahan possibly be a better option?

rgds
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:20 AM
 
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Good day all.

To follow on JGBigGreen's post...I'm on my way to NOLA as well and will be working in the harbour. Was looking at staying in Mandeville/Covington etc...

What is the travel/commute time and would somewhere like Harahan possibly be a better option?

rgds
Commute times are about the same for the CBD. Harahan would certainly be a shorter commute. Probably about 20-30 mins during peak traffic conditions. 15 mins with no traffic. You'll have to cross the Huey P. Long bridge to get to the city and they've been widening the lanes on that bridge for....forever. So you may want to check the construction schedule on the bridge for delays.
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