DOTD announces progress/lane closure shift for the CCC Decorative Lighting Project
Monday, July 08, 2024 at 3:08:55 PM
New Orleans—The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces the second phase of intermediate-term lane closures on the US 90 Business Crescent City Connection Bridges (CCC) associated with the $21 million CCC Decorative Lighting Project. This project is currently under construction and will replace the existing decorative lighting system with programmable LED lighting on both CCC Mississippi River crossings.

Residents will notice the following adjustments in the second phase of lane closures:
  • The US 90 east bank-bound bridge has already undergone adjustments to allow contractors to work under the bridge on the inside lanes. The barriers on the outside lane have been removed and added to the far left (inside) lane. Under these adjustments, the HOV lanes of the bridge have been reduced to one lane, as contractors now have access to the innermost lane.
  • The outside lane barriers on the US 90 west bank-bound bridge, which have been in place for the last two months, will be removed and placed on the inside (left) lane during four concurrent overnight sessions. The timeline is listed below. Please note these closures are only for the west bank-bound bridge.
Thursday, July 11, 2024, 9 PM—5 AM:
  • Double right lane closure beginning at 9 PM. The two left lanes will remain open to traffic as the barricades are removed from the right lane. The Tchoupitoulas St. on-ramp will remain closed. The Magazine St. on-ramp will be open.
Friday, July 12, 2024, 5 AM – 9 PM:
  • Single lane closure of the right lane. All other lanes will remain open. The Tchoupitoulas St. on-ramp will remain closed. The Magazine St. on-ramp will be open.
Friday, July 12, 2024, 9 PM—5 AM:
  • Double right lane closure beginning at 9 PM. The two left lanes will remain open to traffic as the barricades are removed from the right lane. The Tchoupitoulas St. on-ramp will remain closed. The Magazine St. on-ramp will be open.
Saturday, July 13, 2024, 5 AM – 9 PM:
  • By 5 AM, the Tchoupitoulas St. on-ramp will be re-opened to the public and remain open through the second phase.
  • No lane closures. The Magazine St. on-ramp will remain open.
Saturday, July 13, 2024, 9 PM—5 AM:
  • Beginning Saturday night, the Magazine St. on-ramp will be closed to the public through the second phase. The Tchoupitoulas St. on-ramp will be open.
  • Double left lane closure beginning at 9 PM. The two right lanes will be open to traffic as the barricades are installed in the far left lane. The Tchoupitoulas St. on-ramp will remain open. The Magazine St. on-ramp will be closed.
Sunday, July 14, 2024, 5 AM – 9 PM:
  • Single lane closure of the left lane. All other lanes will be open to the public. The Tchoupitoulas St. on-ramp will remain open. The Magazine St. on-ramp will remain closed.
Sunday, July 14, 2024, 9 PM—5 AM:
  • Double left lane closure beginning at 9 PM. The two right lanes will be open to traffic as the barricades are installed in the far left lane. The Tchoupitoulas St. on-ramp will remain open. The Magazine St. on-ramp will be closed.
Monday, July 15, 2024, 5 AM:
  • A single-lane closure of the far left lane of the west bank-bound bridge will be in effect 24 hours a day as crews complete conduit installation for the new LED lighting system. This closure is expected to last 6-8 weeks, weather permitting.
“We are making significant progress, thanks to the combined efforts of local contractors and dedicated DOTD personnel in the New Orleans area,” said DOTD Secretary Joe Donahue. “The public has been understanding and accommodating as necessary lane closures are implemented. We recognize their support, and it serves as motivation to bring this new source of pride to the local community.”

The project is a joint venture between DOTD and the City of New Orleans and has received support from the governor’s office as part of the overall partnership between local and state governments to prepare New Orleans for Super Bowl LIX.

“We are really excited to see this progress in preparation for Super Bowl LIX,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “While the installation of the new LED lights on the Crescent City Connection undoubtedly requires understanding and patience of the public, I think everyone will be thrilled with the final result: instant icon status for our bridge, as it lights up the night sky, and projects our dynamism and resilience to the world for years to come.”

The original decorative lighting system was installed in 1987 as a gift by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans through a major capital fundraising campaign. Eventually, damage from Hurricane Ida created electrical system surges that resulted in the immediate shortage of replacement bulbs. The only remaining options were reconstructing an outdated electrical grid or overhauling a new technology.

Modjeski and Masters designed the project in 2023 and have a storied history in Louisiana, including the design of the Crescent City Connection and the Huey P. Long bridges. Frischhertz Electric Co. of New Orleans is the lead contractor on the project and previously installed the LED lighting system on the Caesars Superdome in 2012.

The opportunity to fulfill the need for replacement and have it on display by the time New Orleans hosts the 2025 Super Bowl has created a sense of urgency for the project.

Since March, Frischhertz has removed the original lighting system and installed new electrical lines for the LED system. According to Frischhertz Electric President Kevin Frischhertz, approximately half of the 1500 light fixtures have been installed and powered.

“The initial test lighting in May was a great success,” said Frischhertz, “It’s certain to be an impressive addition to the New Orleans skyline.”

Weather permitting, the estimated completion date is early 2025.

Additional Notes:
  • The project has implemented an innovative traffic management system to assist drivers during lane closures. It features digital message signs to inform motorists in real time of changing conditions ahead, such as slowing or stopping traffic.
  • In an emergency involving necessary evacuation, the contractor will remove any barriers within an allotted period to allow full access to travel lanes. If this were to occur, DOTD would release information on timing to the public as soon as possible.

Safety Notice:
DOTD deeply appreciates your patience and understanding during this necessary closure. We understand the inconvenience this may cause and assure you that we are working diligently to finish this project as quickly and safely as possible. We kindly remind motorists to drive cautiously through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment; ensuring everyone's safety is our top priority.

Additional Information:
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