I-10 bridge reopens ahead of schedule

Jan. 6, 2006
The west span of the Interstate 10 Twin Spans Bridge in New Orleans LA reopened January 6, nine days ahead of schedule.

The west span of the Interstate 10 Twin Spans Bridge in New Orleans LA reopened January 6, nine days ahead of schedule, restoring four-lane traffic to the east-west corridor devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Repairs were accelerated thanks to a flexible contract with incentives that rewarded early completion and discouraged missing project deadlines, said United States Secretary of Transportation Norman Y Mineta. He said the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration helped Louisiana streamline contracting for the Twin Spans reconstruction, allowing work to begin as soon as possible after Katrina.

In 2005, Mineta provided $25 million from FHWA’s emergency relief program as a down payment to Louisiana for repairing I-10 and other federally supported highways and bridges damaged by Katrina. Congress recently approved the Bush administration’s request for more emergency relief money for Gulf Coast rebuilding, providing $2.75 billion for road repair in states that suffered during the 2005 hurricanes.

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