Sunshine Bridge

Jim Hanzo
June 16, 2019 - 4:43 pm
The Sunshine Bridge in Donaldsonville has reopened after a ship crashed into the structure, according to the St. James Sheriff's Office. Crews are looking into the extent of damage to the bridge. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. and U.S. Coast Guard officials said the vessel slammed into a...
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December 01, 2018 - 7:44 am
( - Good news for the thousands of motorists who use the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish. The bridge was closed last month for repairs after a barge hit the structure, but after testing and inspections, it will be partially reopened Saturday. DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallett said this...
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November 29, 2018 - 3:35 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana's transportation department says it expects to partially reopen a damaged Mississippi River bridge on Saturday, nearly two months after it was shuttered and repairs began. The Department of Transportation and Development says one lane of the Sunshine Bridge in...
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November 21, 2018 - 1:21 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The transportation department in Louisiana says it hopes to have one lane open in each direction on a bridge damaged by a barge collision earlier this year. The department said Wednesday it hopes to have a lane in each direction open on the Sunshine Bridge over the...
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November 08, 2018 - 5:49 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard has begun a formal investigation of the crash that closed a Louisiana bridge over the Mississippi River. A news release Thursday said the agency will identify unsafe conditions which may have contributed to the accident and ways to prevent similar occurrences. The...
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October 24, 2018 - 8:25 pm
( After touring the damaged Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish, Governor John Bel Edwards announced plans for it to re-open in January 2019. The estimated cost to repair the damage is five-million dollars. Edwards says the state will go after the barge operator to pick up the tab, not only...
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October 23, 2018 - 4:46 pm
( The Advocate newspaper reports Marquette Transportation, the barge operator responsible for hitting the Sunshine Bridge at Donaldsonville, had 32 collisions or “brush-ups” with bridges since 2013, and were not penalized. Ascension Parish Council Chairman Bill Dawson says their piloting...
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Chris Miller
October 19, 2018 - 4:28 pm
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development officials say the contractor hired to make repairs to the Sunshine Bridge over the Mississippi River will be on site this weekend. Coastal Bridge will begin building a platform to help them access the portion of the bridge that was damaged...
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October 16, 2018 - 4:04 pm
( Bad news for those who use the Sunshine Bridge at Donaldsonville. Transportation officials say the highway that links both sides of Ascension Parish will be closed for weeks, because extensive repairs are needed after a crane barge hit the structure. Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan...
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October 12, 2018 - 10:05 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A bridge over the Mississippi River in Louisiana has been closed indefinitely after it was struck by a barge carrying a crane in the river. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said in a release the Sunshine Bridge in Donaldsville was hit around 3 a.m...
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