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Magnolia Bridge renovation starts at the end of January

One of Bayou St. John’s iconic sites

A pedestrian bridge spanning a small body of water. There are many people walking on the bridge.
Magnolia Bridge, a 19th-century swing bridge, is one of the most iconic sites in Bayou St. John.
Photo by Bart Everson/Wikimedia Commons

After years of waiting, the New Orleans Department of Public Works announced that the Magnolia Bridge renovation will begin on January 31.

The Department expects the bridge’s renovation to cost $1.3 million, which includes cleaning and painting the structure, sealing cracks on the striation, and replacing worn structural components. The bridge will be closed during construction.

In October of 2017, Councilwoman Susan Guidry said the renovation will take 10 months to complete. The New Orleans Advocate reports that costs will be shared between the Department of Public Works, the Regional Planning Commission, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

The Department of Public Works will release additional details on the renovation at a public meeting that will be held on Wednesday, January 31, at Cabrini High School at 6 p.m.

Guidry first announced the renovation of Magnolia Bridge at a Faubourg Bayou St. John Neighborhood Association Meeting in 2015.

While the bridge will be closed for 10 months, check out some of the amazing photos that capture the beauty and age of this late 19th-century site.

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