Posted: Dec 2, 2013 7:36 AM
Updated: Dec 2, 2013 7:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - The old Mississippi River Bridge, between Port Allen and Baton Rouge, which opened nearly three-quarters of a century ago, is undergoing renovations that will cost more than 10 times the original price tag.
Most of the roughly $100 million project involves putting a new coat of light gray paint on the structure, which was last painted in 1968.
Chris B. Guidry, assistant bridge design administrator for the state Department of Transportation and Development, says the project is supposed to be done by spring 2016.
The bridge opened for traffic on Aug. 4, 1940, at a cost of $8.4 million, replacing the ferries that travelers relied on for decades.
It includes two lanes on each side for cars and trucks, and a rail line in the center.