DOTD provides update on U.S. 11 Bridge closure
Monday, June 07, 2021 at 9:51:18 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 which ends in the later part of September 2021.

The contractor expected to finish the project ahead of schedule, though the entire contract time may be needed. The work schedule slipped during the last year due to the impact of COVID-19, the delivery of fabricated parts and the numerous tropical storms that impacted the area. As with most mechanical bridge projects, as parts are removed, unforeseen damages are revealed which require additional repairs. This attributed to the most recent delays in the contractor’s planned work schedule.

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.