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DOTD says Sunshine Bridge should fully open by November

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 14:56:57-04

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced an update to the Sunshine Bridge maintenance project.

Officials say that on Thursday, October 3, the contractor began removing the concrete barriers from the westbound lanes in preparation for striping. The temporary striping will also be removed and permanent striping will be installed. During this time, the right westbound lane will remain closed with cones in order for striping to be completed within the next two weeks.

On the eastbound lanes, temporary striping has already been removed and permanent striping will take place as part of an upcoming moving operation.

Motorists are reminded that there may be some traffic shifts during the striping work.

Other work on the structure will include touchup work on the newly poured concrete barrier rails. Crews are also making final adjustments on the newly installed top chord safety cables at the top of the bridge.

Additionally, DOTD reports that crews will be finishing up joint seals and minor deck patches.

All four lanes on the bridge are expected to be fully opened by early November if weather permits. Once all lanes are open, crews will continue with maintenance work under the bridge approaches on both sides of the river. This work is not anticipated to affect traffic and all four lanes are expected to remain open.