Jul 24, 2023 - News

I-10 bridge reopens at Louisiana-Mississippi state line

Photo shows a workers rebuilding the East Pearl River Bridge. Heavy equipment is on the bridge deck and below it.

Workers replaced the railing and a section of the deck on the I-10 East Pearl River Bridge. Photo: Courtesy of Mississippi Department of Transportation

The Interstate 10 bridge at the Louisiana-Mississippi state line fully reopened Friday, officials say, ending a project that was causing miles of delays heading to New Orleans.

  • The project, which was originally scheduled to be finished by Aug. 11, wrapped up three weeks early.

Why it matters: I-10 is the main corridor through south Louisiana and connects New Orleans with popular beach destinations in Florida and Alabama. It's also an important hurricane evacuation route.

State of play: Delays were averaging about an hour on weekends, causing drivers to look for detours.

Catch up quick: The westbound lanes of the East Pearl River Bridge needed to be repaired after a fiery crash earlier this year, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

  • The damaged concrete railing was replaced, along with a new section of the bridge deck.

Yes, but: The West Pearl River Bridge on Highway 90 is still closed, according to Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

  • Highway 90 is often used as an I-10 alternative to cross the state line, but the St. Tammany section has been closed since May 2022.
  • The bridge and four others need to be replaced, DOTD spokesman Daniel Gitlin tells Axios.
  • They won't reopen until 2028 under the current timeline.

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