Hale Boggs Bridge scheduled for weekend closure
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 8:37:15 AM

LULING, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is set to close the Hale Boggs (Luling) Bridge this weekend to move equipment from atop the first tower to the second tower, continuing a $30.5 million unprecedented cable replacement project.

The closure will last a total of 54 continuous hours, starting Friday, March 18 at 10 p.m., with an anticipated reopening scheduled for 4 a.m., Monday, March 21.

Before work can begin on the second tower, construction crews must move heavy equipment, requiring the setup of a large crane. Because of the size and weight of the crane, it was necessary to restrict traffic and loads while it is in operation. Motorists may detour via the Huey P. Long Bridge (US 90) or the Mississippi River Bridge in Gramercy (LA 3213).

To date, the first 18 support cables of the down river and east bank span have been replaced on the first tower. Contractor Kiewet Construction, LLC will continue work down river, on the second tower, replacing the next 18 cables. The project calls for a total of 72 support cables to be replaced in an effort to extend the life of the structure, which was erected in 1983.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).