Mar 28, 2014 5:22 PM by PRESS RELEASE
Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development was joined by state and local officials to celebrate the completion of the Joe Daigre Bridge, also known as the Jefferson Street Bridge, in Iberia Parish.
As a vital thoroughfare, the Joe Daigre Bridge provides motorists with access across the Bayou Teche into the city of New Iberia.
"This project is a great example of how local communities can work together with state government to meet transportation needs locally and statewide," said DOTD District Engineer Administrator Bill Oliver.
This $7.3 million project replaced the existing structure, which was built in 1943. The new structure is a concrete pile supported swing span bridge, replacing the old timber structure. It is composed of a wider more decorative bridge and sidewalk which will service the traveling public to and from the downtown area. This new bridge was built with a decorative appeal, installing old-style lamp posts and railings to make the bridge feel more historic, reflecting the downtown architectural theme.
Construction began in February 2011 and the bridge was opened to traffic in March 2014.
Since January 2008, approximately $105 million has been invested in infrastructure throughout Iberia Parish.
The completion of the Joe Daigre Bridge will provide a smoother ride to the more than 6,000 daily motorists who cross the bridge each day and will create a more efficient movement of goods and services throughout the city.
Additionally, the completion of this $7.3 million project will help decrease travel time and increasing safety by easing the flow of traffic by reducing congestion, allowing for quicker access into the city of New Iberia.
"I'd like to thank DOTD for their dedication on improving traffic flow in our area," expressed Senator Fred Mills. "This project will provide much better access for residents and businesses in the vicinity of New Iberia."
Representative Taylor Barras added, "This project is another step forward in decreasing congestion along the Bayou Teche."
"I'm proud to celebrate the completion of this project," added Representative Terry Landry. "This project will help to open the door for additional economic development and assist with the move of goods and services throughout the city."
"I appreciate DOTD working with us to improve access in Iberia Parish," said Iberia Parish President Errol Romero.
"This project will greatly benefit residents and businesses in this area," stated New Iberia Mayor Hilda Daigre Curry. "I appreciate the continued investment on projects to improve infrastructure in the city of New Iberia."