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News October 31, 2001
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A high-profile, $25 million rehabilitation project is underway in New Orleans, as the Crescent City Connection Bridge is being

A high-profile, $25 million rehabilitation project is underway in New Orleans, as the Crescent City Connection Bridge is being sandblasted and repainted. Built in 1958, this mile-long metal structure carries 80,000 cars southbound to the West Bank every day, and it's the first major bridge rehabilitation to occur in Louisiana.


With the high humidity and extreme temperatures common during New Orleans summers, it is no wonder the original lead paint on the metal bridge has peeled and lost its rust-protecting capability. The Louisiana Department of Transportation waited 42 years to repaint the bridge, but could not afford to wait much longer. Due to the deterioration of the bridge's protective paint, oxidation began to significantly increase, along with the resulting potential for structural defects.


The sandblasting and repainting project is expected to last three years, extending from November 2000 to November 2003. Certified Coating Inc. was awarded the primary contract to sandblast and repaint the bridge, and Kazanas Industrial Maintenance of Tarpon Spring, Fla., was hired as the subcontractor. With an entire traffic lane blocked off for equipment storage and usage purposes, approximately 60 individuals from the two crews sandblast and repaint the bridge six days a week, 10 hours a day - completing the work regardless of adverse, extreme temperatures.


For more on the story, read the November issue of ROADS&BRIDGES.


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