New bridge gets final touch

New bridge gets final touch
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 7:14pm

NEW ROADS, La (NBC33) – The John James Audubon Bridge will link Pointe Coupee Parish and West Feliciana. And after years of waiting, a major piece of the bridge is in place.

Early this morning on Wednesday, Dec. 29, the final piece was put in place. This was right after the applause from all the workers who played a part in the task. When it’s all said and done, the bridge will link New Roads and St. Francisville.

The Department of Transportation says it’ll cut down commute times and bring business opportunities to the area. Developers say it’s a big, but necessary project.

“Whenever you build a bridge in the Mississippi River, you’ve got to deal with the river currents,” Richard Savoie, Chief Engineer, said at today’s ceremony. “But there are two towers, 500 foot tall. Each one has 21 shafts that support the towers and it’s a high engineering feat to design this length.”

The Audubon is the only bridge where cars can cross the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and Natchez.

Even though it’s connected, it’s not finished just yet. You should be able to drive over it by the end of the next summer.

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