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The Audubon Bridge

The John James Audubon Bridge project is a new Mississippi River crossing between Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana parishes in south central Louisiana. The bridge--proposed to be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America--will replace an existing ferry between the communities of New Roads and St. Francisville. It will also serve as the only bridge structure on the Mississippi River between the 90-mile stretch from Natchez to Baton Rouge.

The Audubon Bridge project will include:

  • A 2.44 mile four-lane elevated bridge structure with two 11-foot travel lanes in each direction with eight-foot outside shoulders and two-foot inside shoulders
  • Approximately 12 miles of two-lane roadway connecting LA 1 east of Hospital Road at New Roads to US 61 south of LA 966 and St. Francisville
  • Four new intersections at existing LA 1, LA 10, LA 981 (River Road) and US 61 for entry to and exit from the new roadway and bridge

The project is being constructed by Audubon Bridge Constructors, a joint venture of Flatiron Constructors, Granite Construction and Parsons Transportation Group. The project is expected to be complete in 2010.