The Audubon Bridge

The John James Audubon Bridge was completed and opened in May 2011. The bridge serves as a lower Mississippi River crossing between Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana parishes in South Louisiana. The bridge has the second longest cable-stayed span (distance between towers) in the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Bridge replaces the ferry between the communities of New Roads and St. Francisville. The bridge also serves as the only bridge structure on the Mississippi River between Natchez, MS and Baton Rouge, LA (approximately 90 river miles) and is just about the center point of the Zachary Taylor Parkway.

The Audubon Bridge corridor includes:

  • A 2.44-mile (3.93 km) four-lane elevated bridge structure with two 11-foot (3.4 m) travel lanes in each direction with 8-foot (2.4 m) outside shoulders and 2-foot (0.61 m) inside shoulders
  • Approximately 12 miles (19 km) of two-lane roadway connecting LA 1 east of Hospital Road and Major Parkway 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

Download/view the original 2011 press release detailing the Audubon Bridge.