Wisner Bridge Reopens After $19.5M Reconstruction
NEW ORLEANS – Today, the City of New Orleans will celebrate the opening of the newly-reconstructed Wisner Bridge.
In 2015, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD), City of New Orleans, Regional Planning Commission and Federal Highway Administration began the $19.5 million reconstruction of the bridge, which runs parallel to Bayou St. John and connects Wisner Boulevard over Interstate-610.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Dani Galloway, Department of Public Works interim director; Joshua Hollins, LaDOTD legislative liaison; elected officials; and community partners attended the 11:15 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony at Wisner Bridge at the intersection of Wisner Boulevard and Harrison Avenue.
The bridge will feature a new steel girder supported deck with decorative railing, two 12-foot wide travel lanes in each direction and a 12-foot wide shared use path (pedestrian and bicycle) across the bridge.
This project was managed by LaDOTD and the city as part of the off-system bridge program, and funding was provided through an 80/20 cost share agreement with majority funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by the LaDOTD on behalf of the city respectively. The city contributed $400K to the construction cost of the project.
The construction contractor was Boh Bros. Construction, LLC and the designer was Rahman & Associates.