Wisner Bridge Reopens After $19.5M Reconstruction

The Wisner Bridge (seen here in June) was originally scheduled to be completed this spring, but during construction the LaDOTD determined that the finger joints, which connect sections of the bridge deck together, did not fit properly, and its remediation caused the delayed opening.

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. 


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