DOTD announces Wisner Bridge Overpass Replacement project start and closure
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 4:31:46 PM
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces it will start work to demolish and rebuild the Wisner Boulevard Bridge Overpass on Thursday, Dec. 10. The bridge will remain closed through construction, which is estimated for completion in mid-2017.

Contractor Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC is currently wrapping up its assembly period in preparation for test piles and other work associated with the project. The existing concrete girder structure was built in 1973. It will be demolished and rebuilt in place with a new steel girder overpass, asphalt approaches, two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction and one 12-foot bike lane. The $19.5 million project is a joint effort between the Federal Highway Administration, the City of New Orleans and the Regional Planning Commission.

Lakebound traffic on Wisner Boulevard will be detoured to Desaix Boulevard and St. Bernard Avenue. Riverbound traffic on Wisner Boulevard will be detoured to Harrison Avenue and Marconi Drive.
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the area and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment. Area residents should exercise caution when driving, walking or biking near the work zone.

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 Web site at

You can follow DOTD on Twitter for real-time, around-the-clock New Orleans traffic updates via @NOLA_Traffic. Additionally, motorists can utilize the "Way to Geaux" application to receive real-time, around the clock travel alerts. The hands-free, eyes-free smartphone application can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android device by visiting either the iTunes App Store, or Google Play.