Claiborne Bridge reopens after extensive maintenance work

Jun 7th, 2010 | By | Category: News
Claiborne Bridge

Photo by Frank McCormack

The Judge Seeber Bridge, commonly called the Claiborne Bridge, reopened to vehicular traffic June 1 after being closed since March 15. During the month and a half closure, the bridge underwent major maintenance work and electrical updating.

The Judge Seeber Bridge is one of three drawbridges in Orleans Parish that span the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, connecting the city with the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish.

The bridge was originally scheduled to reopen in mid-May, but during the maintenance process, crews uncovered extensive damage in the structural bearing areas that support the bridge’s motors and gearboxes. According to the Louisiana State Department of Transportation and Development, discovering such unforeseen issues during maintenance work on older bridges is quite common.

Cost for the project was $6.8 million and was conducted by Boh Bros. Construction Company LLC.

The DOTD reports that the bridge will fully close to traffic on June 7 through June 11 and will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. June 14 through June 16 for additional work.

Part of the mechanical and electrical updates included an advance notice for drivers as they approach the bridge.

DOTD had planned to close the Judge Seeber Bridge again in July in order to replace the bridge’s decking, which would eliminate wave action for vehicles crossing the span. That work has been postponed until after hurricane season.

For more information, go online to www.dotd.la.gov or call (225) 379-1232.

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