Replacement of Bayou St. John bridge at DeSaix Boulevard begins
The $6 million roadwork project to replace the Bayou St. John bridge at DeSaix Boulevard in the Fairgrounds neighborhood has begun, city officials announced Monday (Jan. 29). The DeSaix Bridge will close beginning Wednesday (Jan. 31).
The closure will allow crews to perform a full reconstruction of the bridge and complete the necessary utility work. The infrastructure improvement project is funded by city bonds.
This project will rebuild and replace the existing bridge at DeSaix Boulevard and Bayou St. John, as well as patch mill and overlay on Moss Street to improve roadway conditions. Street repairs and resurfacing work in the 1700 and 1800 block of Moss Street have been completed, city officals said.
”This bridge is one of the most identifiable physical features in our part of New Orleans, and our neighbors take great pride in it,” said DeSaix Area Neighborhood Association President Jake LeBeau in a Mayor’s Office press release. “The new bridge will offer a protected pedestrian lane, giving our neighbors easier and safer access to City Park and all its amenities.”
The Bayou St. John Bridge at DeSaix Boulevard Project is the first major infrastructure project under new Department of Public Works Director C. Rick Hathaway and Deputy Director Shannon Oldfield-Banks.
“This two-block, $6 million city bond-funded project that touches District A and District D is another example of welcomed improvements to our aging infrastructure, one block at a time,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said. “Although this might seem like a small project, it will have a major impact on mobility and safety in the City Park and Bayou St. John neighborhoods. While we realize infrastructure projects can be challenging for residents, the results will benefit our city for decades to come.”
Residents are encouraged to stay informed about roadwork projects by signing up for text or email updates about major road closures, emergency water shutoffs or other potentially significant impacts with Roadwork NOLA. To sign up for text or email updates, text ROADWORK (one word) to 77295, or go to ready.nola.gov/alerts.