Bridge spanning Lake Pontchartrain to stay closed to summer

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METAIRIE, LA – MAY 29: People fish on Lake Pontchartrain near the 17th Street Canal levee May 29, 2008 in Metairie, Louisiana. Despite $22 million in repairs, the 17th Street Canal levee, which broke during Hurricane Katrina, is leaking. Experts fear the levee could fail again in another large storm. Hurricane season begins June 1. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The U.S. 11 bridge, which spans Lake Pontchartrain, has been closed for repairs since January 2019.

Now, the state says the work, which was initially estimated to last just a few months, is expected to be complete this summer.

State transportation officials say the projected completion date of the $28 million overhaul of the 92-year-old bridge has been delayed several times because the bridge’s advanced age has made the project more frustrating than originally expected.

The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports the project involves concrete and structural repairs, replacing the grid deck and bridge operator’s house, and a complete replacement of the electrical and mechanical parts that open and close the bridge for boats.

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