Area road considered worst in Louisiana
By: JEAN L. KAESS
While it’s not even 13-years-old, a section of the elevated U.S. 90 bridge is considered the state’s worst problem bridge by at least one DOTD administrator.
In a recent Associated Press story, David Miller, state Department of Transportation and Development Structures and Facilities Maintenance Administrator in charge of bridges, identified the mile and a half stretch of twin bridges on U.S. 90 east of Morgan City as the most deficient in the state.
Inspectors recently found cracks in support beams of the elevated section of the highway where it crosses Bayou Ramos.
Weight restrictions are in place while investigations into what caused the problems and how to repair them are conducted, DOTD officials said today.
There are signs beginning on the U.S. 90 bridge near Berwick warning of weight restrictions. Until repaired, DOTD limits the bridge structure to vehicular traffic and truck traffic that falls within the specified weight restriction of 15-25 tons.
The detour for trucks traveling westbound is U.S. 90 to Lake Palourde Bypass Road (exit 181) to La. 182 to U.S. 90. The detour for trucks traveling eastbound is U.S. 90 to La. 182 (Morgan City exit) to Lake Palourde Bypass Road to U.S. 90.
The four-lane bridge opened July 20, 1999, marking the end of a 55-year journey to construct a four-lane road between Lafayette and New Orleans. The project cost nearly $300 million.