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The Newly Completed Mississippi River Bridge is Now Open To The Public!
As a gateway, the Audubon Bridge has been long awaited. The communities welcome the bridge’s completion. On May 5, 2011, the bridge was opened for public transportation. People are excited and ready to move beyond centuries of ferry crossings and longer commutes. With the recent opening of the bridge the St. Francisville / New Roads ferry has been closed permanently. The construction of the John James Audubon Bridge between the historic districts of St. Francisville and New Roads is a project of great proportion for the state and the Department of Transportation and Development. The bridge construction is the single largest transportation program in Louisiana history. For decades, people have envisioned what life would be like with a bridge connecting south Louisiana to the Feliciana parishes and communities, towns and cities to the north. About the bridge: The bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western. Each cable stay is anchored to a 500-foot tower, which provides support to the bridge deck. Each stay contains 20 to 69 individual cables for a total of 4,548 cables. If the cables were placed end to end, they would stretch approximately 1200 miles. Each stay is protected by an orange sheath, which has a spiral bead extending its length to resist rain and wind vibration. For more information on the bridge visit Audubon Bridge.
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