REPLACEMENT BRIDGE UPDATES
PHASES OF CONSTRUCTION FOR THE NEW BELLE CHASSE BRIDGE
UPCOMING BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY

SOUTH SIDE OF THE NEW BRIDGE

  • Span 15 through Span 21 girders set 7/12/22 through 8/19/22. Deck construction started week of 7/25/22 with shear key and diaphragm construction and continues with setting precast panels in Spans 15-21. Setting overhangs began after Labor Day. 1st Deck placement to occur in February 2023.

NORTH SIDE OF THE NEW BRIDGE

  •  Spans 11-6 girders set 9/19/22 through 11/4/22 followed by precast panel installation. Diaphragm and shear key construction continues. Deck construction started week of 1/9/23.

WORK IN THE GIWW

  •  Removing cofferdam sheets finished 11/22/22. Template was removed 11/28/22. Column construction started 11/28/22.  P2 Columns placed 12/7/22. P2 Cap placed 1/6/23. Placing P2 risers 1/26/23.

ALGIERS OUTFALL CANAL BRIDGE

  • Cap construction began 6/9/22 on the south side and has moved to the north side. Decks have been completed.  Approach work and barriers finished up in November.  Phase 1b shifted 1/19/23 through 1/20/23.

LA 23 ROADWAY & ENGINEERS ROAD

  • Traffic shift for LA23 southbound lanes completed 8/10/22. Phase 1A drainage construction is complete, and roadway work started the week of 10/10/22. Phase 1A paving started 1/11/23 and continues throughout the week.  Phase 1B traffic shifted 1/19/23 -1/20/23. Phase 1b drainage and roadwork in the median started 1/20/23.

LA 23 ROADWAY SOUTH OF GIWW

  •  Excavation and base work for detour road paving started 12/19/22.  Asphalt paving to occur later in January with the Phase 1d traffic switch on the south side of the bridge to follow the paving.

LOCAL ROADS

  • Railroad Street extension construction has completed curb & gutter and base installation. Asphalt paving started 1/11/23 and completed 1/18/23. Striping, signing and reopening the road to follow.

UTILITIES

  •  Entergy, AT&T, and Cox relocations continue along LA23 and on local cross streets and adjacent streets throughout the project. Atmos completed relocations on north side and finished relocations on south side 9/26/22. Atmos completed south side relocations week of 9/26/22.  PPG water line relocation started 12/12/22 and continues from P Street to Dr Bowen Street and Barriere Rd.
CURRENT BRIDGE/TUNNEL OPERATIONS UPDATES

Construction Timeframes

SUMMER 2020 SUMMER 2020
2020-2024 2020-2024
Late 2023 Late 2023
SPRING 2024 SPRING 2024
SPRING 2024 SPRING 2024
SPRING 2024 SPRING 2024

SUMMER 2020

Design input on bridge and park

2020-2024

Lane closures, construction

Late 2023

Demolish tunnel

SPRING 2024

Open new bridge

SPRING 2024

Relocate Veterans Park

SPRING 2024

Take down old bridge