Fort Pike Bridge

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Fort Pike Bridge
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The old bridge seen from Fort Pike, 2003
Other name(s) Rigolets Bridge
Carries 2 lanes of US 90
Crosses Rigolets
Locale New Orleans and Slidell (Louisiana)
Design Through truss swing bridge (old), box girder bridge (new)
Total length 3,877.9 feet (1,182 m)
Width 20 feet (6 m) (old), 40 feet (12 m)
Longest span 399.8 feet (122 m)
Clearance below 14.9 feet (5 m)(old), 72 feet (22 m) (new)
Opened June 9, 1930 (old)
January 15, 2008 (new)
Coordinates 30°10′20″N 89°50′40″W / 30.17222°N 89.84444°W / 30.17222; -89.84444
New Rigolets Bridge seen from Fort Pike, 2010

The Fort Pike Bridge (also known as the Rigolets Bridge) carries U.S. Route 90 across the Rigolets on the eastern side of Lake Pontchartrain between New Orleans and Slidell in Louisiana. The bridge opened on June 9, 1930, and along with the Chef Menteur Bridge provided a free route between New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A new span was constructed just to the north of the old span.

High rise replacement[edit]

Construction of a new $50 million high-rise bridge began in October 2004. It was delayed by the Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which pushed a devastating storm surge through the area. The new bridge is just over one mile (1.6 km) in length and features two 12-foot (3.7 m) lanes with 8-foot (2.4 m) shoulders on both sides. The bridge rises to 72 feet (22 m) to allow marine traffic to pass without interruption of bridge traffic. The new span opened to traffic on January 15, 2008. After completion, of the new span, the old bridge was demolished.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rhoden, Robert (January 15, 2008). "New highrise Rigolets bridge opens". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2008-05-04.