DOTD provides update on U.S. 11 bridge replacement project
Friday, December 04, 2020 at 9:20:16 AM
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces the U.S. 11 Bridge replacement project, between Slidell and New Orleans, is progressing.

The contractor, American Bridge Co., continues to work on the major replacement of two draw bridges.

The $28.36 million project includes concrete and structural repairs, grid deck replacement, painting, installation of a new fender system and the rehabilitation of electrical and mechanical systems on the two draw bridges. The work to replace the bridges began in August 2018, with a contract time of three years.

The project was expected to be finished early, but due to COVID-19 and several tropical systems, the anticipated completion date has been extended to Spring 2021.

When the New Orleans region was in a storm’s cone of uncertainty, crews were required to disassemble temporary supports, lower the bridge and lock the bridge into place. Once the storm had passed or the storm was no longer a threat, crews had to reassemble the temporary supports back into position in order that the bridge could be raised. The project was impacted by six storms during the 2020 hurricane season.

Despite the extension, the project is still expected to be completed within the number of days provided in the contract. Currently, the project is ahead of schedule and the bridge remains open to marine traffic with a horizontal restriction of 70 feet.

All construction activity is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. DOTD appreciates the motoring public’s patience and reminds drivers to please exercise caution when traveling through work zone areas and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information.