Fort Pike Bridge

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Fort Pike Bridge
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Bridge seen from Fort Pike, 2010
Coordinates 30°10′20″N 89°50′40″W / 30.17222°N 89.84444°W / 30.17222; -89.84444
Carries 2 lanes of US 90
Crosses Rigolets
Locale New Orleans and Slidell (Louisiana)
Other name(s) Rigolets Bridge
Characteristics
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)
History
Opened June 9, 1930 (old)
January 15, 2008 (new)

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.[1] 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. This was the site of Jayne Mansfield's death in June of 1967.[2] A new span was constructed just to the north of the old span.

Old Rigolets Bridge seen from Fort Pike, 2003

High-rise replacement[edit]

Construction of a new $50 million high-rise bridge began in October 2004. It was delayed by 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.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fort Pike/Rigolets Bridge". bridgehunter.com. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  2. ^ "The Night Jayne Mansfield Died, June 29, 1967". Bob Walker's New Orleans Radio Site. Archived from the original on February 17, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2006. 
  3. ^ Rhoden, Robert (January 15, 2008). "New highrise Rigolets bridge opens". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2008-05-04.