The Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development held a public meeting Nov. 1 for the Church Street Bridge Project. This is the second public meeting DOTD has held to gather input on the proposed replacement of the bridge.
After receiving feedback toward the end of 2017, an alternative option was eliminated (Highland Park temporary bridge). The refined alternatives are as follows:
#1 Replace existing bridge on a skewed angle to tie the east end of the bridge directly to St. Clair Avenue, eliminating the existing offset intersection. In addition, a temporary bridge is proposed at Touline Street so traffic is redirected temporarily.
#2 Replace the existing bridge along the same alignment. In addition, a temporary bridge is proposed at Touline Street so traffic is redirected temporarily.
#3 Demolish existing bridge and replace it on a skewed alignment to tie the east end of the bridge directly to St. Clair Avenue, eliminating the existing offset intersection. No temporary bridge will be built, so traffic will be detoured during the construction process.
#4 Demolish existing bridge and replace it along the same alignment. No temporary bridge will be built, so traffic will be detoured during the construction process.
All alternatives propose to replace the existing bridge with a three-lane section including two 12-foot wide travel lanes and a 12-foot wide center turning lane with 4-foot wide outside shoulders and two 6-foot wide sidewalks with concrete barriers. The temporary bridge proposed at Touline Street will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes.
This project is estimated to cost approximately $6-8 million depending on whether or not a temporary bridge is constructed (approximately $2 million). Construction is projected to start in 2024, although DOTD is looking into escalating this timeframe due to the current poor condition of the bridge. The entire construction phase is expected to take 11 months. If no temporary bridge is built, traffic studies indicate the redirection of traffic during the construction process will add 15 minutes to travel time.
Any impact the bridge construction has on the newly renovated riverbank or the trees in close proximity to the bridge will be fixed (trees replanted if removed) by DOTD at the end of the construction process.
Complete environmental inventory
Develop preferred alternative
Prepare environmental assessment
Distribute environmental assessment for public and agency comments
Host public hearing
Prepare environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact (if appropriate)
Cane River Bridge Church Street Route LA 1-X
State Project No. H.001271
Federal Project No. H001271
Comments will be accepted through Nov. 12. Mail to: Louisiana Department of Transportation, Environmental Engineer Administrator, Section 28, P.O. Box 94245, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9245.