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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

Officials broke ground today on the new Twin Spans Interstate 10 bridge connecting New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana. The current bridge, as you may recall, was severly damaged by Hurricane Katrina last year.

Here is a paragraph from the article...

"The new $803 million bridge will be built just east of the current I-10 bridge. Though it’s projected to be completed in five years, the westbound span of the bridge should be finished by 2009. Officials said the bridge would be built six lanes wide and 30 feet high. A high performance concrete will be used in order to protect the bridge from storm surge and salt water corrosion."

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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26812 posts, RR: 75
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
"The new $803 million bridge will be built just east of the current I-10 bridge. Though it’s projected to be completed in five years, the westbound span of the bridge should be finished by 2009. Officials said the bridge would be built six lanes wide and 30 feet high. A high performance concrete will be used in order to protect the bridge from storm surge and salt water corrosion."

That is significantly higher than the current Twin Span. How exactly are they going to get people on and off the bridge. Right now, I-10 leads directly onto the Twin Span, which starts out as a causeway.



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
How exactly are they going to get people on and off the bridge. Right now, I-10 leads directly onto the Twin Span, which starts out as a causeway.

Im guessing a "ramp" at each end?

By the way - $800 million is a bloomin lot for a bridge!

Lee



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1215 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
$800 million is a bloomin lot for a bridge!

Remember, most of the money given out in NO goes towards strip clubs and other activities, so that is the reason for the large sum.

Harry



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26812 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1198 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
By the way - $800 million is a bloomin lot for a bridge!

That is cheap compared to what they spent in Alaska. This isn't exactly a short little bridge either Lee. It is about 9 miles long and requires a drawbridge section.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
Im guessing a "ramp" at each end?

That would make things more expensive. I would think that they would do a simple realignment of the highway



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1198 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
It is about 9 miles long and requires a drawbridge section.

Ah, well then  Smile



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User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6924 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1143 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
That is cheap compared to what they spent in Alaska.

LOL! That's what I was going to say....they should call Ted Stevens for advice on pork and they could easily make that a $2B bridge before all is said and done.


User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
It is about 9 miles long and requires a drawbridge section.

A drawbridge on a transcon interstate?!? I thought the AASHTO wanted to get rid of all drawbridges in the interstate system, not add new ones?


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
That is cheap compared to what they spent in Alaska.

Not by frackin' much, and those bridges in Alaska are still a pipe dream . . .

Not that I think we need them or anything - quite a waste IMO - but don't pick on us for our pork, at least WE can take care of ourselves instead of screaming how the federal gov't fucked us over and then re-electing an incompetent slug into city hall.

 biggrin 


User currently offlineKBOS From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1034 times:

For your sake, lets just hope they don't hire the same people that built Boston's 14.5 billion dollar tunnel......


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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 998 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
By the way - $800 million is a bloomin lot for a bridge!

That is cheap compared to what they spent in Alaska. This isn't exactly a short little bridge either Lee. It is about 9 miles long and requires a drawbridge section.

A drawbridge? Why does it need a drawbridge when it currently doesn't have one?

You must be confusing the I-10 twin spans that don't have a drawbridge with the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway that does have a drawbridge on the north span.


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 994 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
By the way - $800 million is a bloomin lot for a bridge!

It's a long bridge (as has been stated) and that is cheap for Louisiana IMO. I'm guessing this cost doesn't include all the graft and corruption that the local yokel politicians will demand.

BTW, what is up with the current bridges on I-10? Are they repaired or is it still broken. If still broken how much does traffic suck?



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 988 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 11):
BTW, what is up with the current bridges on I-10? Are they repaired or is it still broken. If still broken how much does traffic suck?

I believe that at least one of the two spans has been repaired.


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 968 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 11):
BTW, what is up with the current bridges on I-10? Are they repaired or is it still broken. If still broken how much does traffic suck?

Both spans have been repaired, and traffic is rolling on both spans in both directions.

There is no drawbridge on that section.

I'd like to see I-10 to the west expanded to three lanes in both directions, as well, at least as far as the second LaPlace exit (exit 206, I believe).

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
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