Photo Credit: enr.construction.com
The John James Audubon Bridge between New Roads and St. Francisville, Louisiana was officially completed February 27, 2012. The bridge was opened to traffic in May of last year, but was declared officially completed last month. This bridge has a special spot in the heart of DBA as it was one of the early large bridges we worked on as a company. Steve and Dan poured their energy and expertise into the project starting in spring of 2006, all the way to completion of the last foundations in 2010. Steve spent a good part of his life on site during foundation construction. I spent a fair amount of time there myself helping Steve cover things now and then, including observing the soil borings for the main tower piers during the design.
The JJA (as we like to call it) was the subject of one of my early posts when we started this blog in early 2006. You can scroll through the many posts made during our work on the project here, starting with the soil boring program.
From the press release posted on the TIMED Audubon Bridge site:
Construction on the John James Audubon Bridge has officially come to a close. The new Mississippi River crossing is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere, with a 1,583’ main span. Located in south-central Louisiana, the Audubon Bridge connects West Feliciana Parish with Pointe Coupee Parish and is the only bridge between Baton Rouge and Natchez, Mississippi. Construction on the $409 million project began in 2006 and continued when the bridge was opened in May 2011 due to high water levels closing the St. Francisville Ferry sooner than expected.
"Although the Audubon Bridge has been open to traffic for nine months, it’s with a great sense of accomplishment that we are announcing the end of construction on this beautiful structure," said Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, P.E. "The completion of this bridge opens economic development in south-central Louisiana and will be a source of regional, statewide, and national pride."
Personally, I look forward to making a trip through the area and getting to cross this beautiful structure. Hats off to Audubon Bridge Constructors, a joint venture of Flatiron Construction, Granite Construction and Parsons Transportation Group, for a job well done!