REPLACEMENT BRIDGE UPDATES

Post Hurricane Ida Update

  • The Belle Chasse Bridge is back to 24/7 operation, which resumed on Monday, September 6, 2021.
  • Limited construction activities began on September 8, 2021 with additional work to resume as more power is restored, additional workers return, and Plaquemines Parish and southern Louisiana open back up to normal activity.

Upcoming Bridge Construction Activity

·       South side of the New Bridge: Construction work continues with sheet pile installation, pile driving and concrete operations for footings, columns, and caps.

·       North side of the New Bridge:  Sheet pile installation, pile driving and concrete operations to continue.

·       Work in the GIWW:  Dewatering and construction of the Footing and Stem Wall continues.

Current Bridge/Tunnel Operations Updates

Our Progress

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Sand, silt and debris is excavated from drainage channels and bagged for disposal

Pavement markings and walls tunnel cleaning

TUNNEL CLEANING OVERVIEW

2021 Scheduled Dates

Tunnel cleanings are normally scheduled on the first Wednesday of each month. At that time, the southbound lanes of LA 23 through the Belle Chasse Tunnel are closed from 7 p.m. on Wednesday until Thursday morning at 5 a.m. The closure is necessary to allow crews to clean the tunnel. All work is weather permitting. As an alternate route, motorists can take the Belle Chasse Bridge (LA 23) in either direction.

  • January 6, 2021
  • February 3, 2021
  • February 26, 2021
  • April 7, 2021
  • May 5, 2021
  • June 2, 2021
  • July 7, 2021
  • August 4, 2021
  • September 29, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 15, 2021

TUNNEL INSPECTION OVERVIEW

2021 Scheduled Dates

The Federal Government requires tunnel inspections to be conducted every two years. Closure of the tunnel is necessary to allow crews to perform the inspection. All work is weather permitting. As an alternate route, motorists can take the Belle Chasse Bridge (LA 23) in either direction.

The inspections take place from 6:30a.m. until 5:30p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 27, 2021
  • February 28, 2021