POSTED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 5:04am
Louisiana (NBC33) — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) recently announced that it is among the top ten finalists in the country to be considered for two prestigious national transportation awards, the 2012 America’s Transportation Award and the People’s Choice Award, for our efforts to complete the I-10 Twin Span Bridge under budget.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award is determined by popular vote. Please support DOTD by casting your vote online at:
Voting will last through Oct. 19. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, which will go toward a charity or community organization of DOTD’s choice.
The Twin Span Bridge, which crosses Lake Pontchartrain on Interstate 10 to link the cities of Slidell and New Orleans, was destroyed on August 29, 2005, by the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina. DOTD successfully let the first construction project to build a new Twin Span Bridge in April 2006 – less than 8 months after the original bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The new structure, which was completed in September 2011, is taller, wider and more robust than its four-lane predecessor. The modern, six-lane structure has helped to relieve congestion, improve mobility and enhance safety for the more than 55,000 drivers who make a daily trip across Lake Pontchartrain. The project was completed for a total of $733 million – nine percent lower than its original estimated budget of $803 million. The Federal Highway Administration provided total funding for the effort because I-10 is a critical national corridor.