Bridge company Acrow has supplied a modular steel bridge to restore the link between Lafitte and Barataria in Jefferson Parish, south of New Orleans, Louisiana after rogue barges driven by Hurricane Ida destroyed the Kerner Swing Bridge in August.
After the Category 4 storm, the Louisiana National Guard installed a single lane, temporary floating bridge giving residents of Barataria a link over the Barataria Bayou, but a bigger, longer-term temporary bridge was needed.
Contractor CEC chose a modular steel structure from Acrow, consisting of two 100-foot-long spans, each with a roadway width of 24 feet.
The Kerner bridge swung open for ships and its driving surface had partial curves fabricated into its deck to accommodate the swing. Acrow had to fabricate bespoke curve filler decks to achieve the same effect,
The spans were supplied with a factory-applied, epoxy aggregate anti-skid deck.
Acrow’s components were delivered to the site over two weeks beginning 20 September. The bridge was opened to traffic on October 7th and will be in place until a new permanent swing bridge is constructed.
“Acrow’s components are in-stock and available for immediate delivery to provide an accelerated, reliable solution to restoring damaged or destroyed infrastructure,” said Eugene Sobecki, Acrow’s national sales director. “Quickly and easily built and installed, they are easily disassembled to facilitate safe, rapid re-deployment.”