Truck traffic could be banned from Twinspan Bridges in New Orleans

| 7/18/2006

The westbound portion of the Interstate 10 Twinspan Bridge in New Orleans could become off-limits to commercial vehicles, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Brendon Rush, a spokesman for the LaDOTD, told “Land Line Now” that the high costs and maintenance on the bridge make the elimination of trucks on it “a possibility.” However, he added that if a truck ban is put into place, it would only affect the westbound portion of the road until the new bridge is complete.

According to New Orleans City Business, maintenance from sheared bolts and broken welds is costing the state approximately $125,000 to $145,000 per month.

The westbound span of the bridge reopened Jan. 6, 2005, just four months after it was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in the area on Aug. 29, 2005.

Speeding vehicles in the area, however, have continued to cause problems on the temporarily repaired roadway. Currently, the maximum speed on the westbound side will be posted at 45 mph for all vehicles.

Both the eastbound and westbound spans are closed to all oversize and overweight permit loads. The weight limit for trucks is 80,000 pounds. For permitted loads beyond 80,000 pounds, the alternate route is nearby Interstate 55.

On July 13, LaDOTD broke ground on an $800 million project to rebuild the bridges permanently.