Hard Rock Construction, LLC is now 62 percent finished refurbishing the Magnolia Bridge, which crosses Bayou St. John near Cabrini High School. The bridge is currently closed to pedestrian traffic and will remain closed through the duration of construction. Residents and their pets are reminded not to recreate near the bridge during construction.
Crews are currently sandblasting the bridge in preparation for painting operations, which are estimated to last approximately one month. The bridge will be painted blue.
Residents are reminded that some construction equipment necessary to rehabilitate the bridge will be staged on the banks of the bayou for portions of the construction duration. This equipment is required for safe implementation of the project. Additionally, the installation of stabilizing piles and the restoration of the bayou landscaping are included in the project scope. When the grass on the bayou is damaged, it will be restored at the conclusion of the project.
Please be mindful of safety fencing, signs and barricades, and do not attempt to access the bridge or swim beneath the structure. The project scope of work includes:
- Cleaning and painting the superstructure and decking;
- Sealing cracks in the sub-structure;
- Replacing decking, beams, and other structural components; and
- Stabilizing the bayou banks and restorative landscaping.
Details of the construction sequencing are available here. To be added to the project contact list, please e-mail RoadWork@nola.gov.
The Magnolia Bridge was one of the first bridges to provide access over Bayou St. John and is often used for weddings and other special events. The project is cost-shared with the Regional Planning Commission and the Department of Transportation and Development using Federal funds.