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