The bridge that was supposed to be open for a year was delayed a year because of a major project that took place during a typhoon, but it is finally expected to open for regular service by the end of the year, the bridge’s engineers said on Tuesday.
The project involved installing new cables, wires and a new roadway for the New Orleans area.
The bridge, at the corner of Iberville and St. Charles streets, was supposed be open to traffic in 2019, but that has been delayed until 2020.
The state has said the new road will be open in 2021.
The road is expected to be complete by the summer of 2021, the engineers said.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement that the city will keep working with the state to get the bridge open for use by regular traffic.
“This project is just one part of a larger effort to ensure our infrastructure is as safe as it can be for everyone, including our residents, tourists and business owners,” Landrieus said.
“We remain committed to the city’s commitment to providing the safest, most effective, and cost-effective transportation solutions for our residents and visitors.”
The project is expected have a cost of about $15 million.
The New Orleans city council will vote on a $1.5 billion bond issue next month to finance the project.
The mayor said the state will provide an additional $2.4 million to pay for construction of the bridge.
He added that the toll lanes will be in place in 2019.
The State Transportation Department will oversee construction.
A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said the project will take three years and be financed through a toll structure, which is not included in the bonds.
The Department of Public Works said it will work with the City of New Orleans and the state’s Department of Finance to identify additional funds for construction.
“It is important to note that the Department’s role is not to fund the construction of a new bridge,” the spokesman said.
The department has a contract with the federal government to pay the costs of installing the tolls.
The tolls are expected to cost $1,100 per vehicle, but they will be based on the number of people who use the bridge, not their speed, the spokesman added.
The city has set aside $2 million to build the toll system.