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Maestri Bridge

Photos 

North Approach

Photo taken by David Backlin in March 2010

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BH Photo #159042

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

The bridge was opened to traffic on February 18, 1928. It was originally operated as a toll bridge under the name, Pontchartrain Bridge, although it was also called the Watson-Williams Bridge after its financial backers.

Completion of the nearby Chef Menteur and Rigolets free bridges on US 90 by the state highway department caused the toll bridge to go into receivership after only a year. The bridge was eventually auctioned on December 19, 1938 and purchased by the state for $600,000, a fraction of its $5 million construction cost.

The state discontinued the tolls and renamed it the Robert S. Maestri Bridge (commonly shortened to Maestri Bridge) after New Orleans' mayor. US 11 was officially routed onto the bridge on June 28, 1939.

There are two bascule spans located on the bridge, one near either end.

Facts 

Overview
Bascule bridge over Lake Pontchartrain on US 11 in New Orleans
Location
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, and St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
Status
Closed for rehabilitation. Reopening date unknown given multiple delays
Future prospects
Bridge was closed for rehabilitation in 2018, originally expected to reopen in November 2019. However, multiple delays have repeatedly pushed the completion date back. The current planned reopening date is unknown.
History
Built 1928
Builders
- Ford, Bacon and Davis
- Modjeski & Masters of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Design
Bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 24,915.5 ft. (4.7 mi.)
Deck width: 29.8 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Watson-Williams Bridge
Robert S. Maestri Bridge
U.S. 11 Bridge
Five Mile Bridge
Pontchartrain Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.18258, -89.84476   (decimal degrees)
30°10'57" N, 89°50'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/226077/3342438 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Shore
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
6,800
Inventory number
BH 19088 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 90 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Project delayed again
  • April 11, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Bridge closed
  • February 16, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added description text, clarified dates, names, etc.
  • June 12, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Restored completion date to 1938 per LA Statewide Historic Bridge Inventory 2013
  • June 14, 2017: New photo from John Christeson
  • August 8, 2015: New photo from Jared Mixson
  • October 5, 2014: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: added second bascule span on bridge to the description with S view and pics
  • June 12, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: changes build date
  • March 25, 2010: New photos from David Backlin

Sources 

  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Jared
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • John Christeson - john_christeson [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Louisiana Statewide Historic Bridge Inventory, Dec 2013 - Completion date, pdf page 110
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Maestri Bridge
Posted August 23, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I broke up laughing when I saw Google Maps say that the Maestri Bridge is closed until 2030(!). Obviously it's just the way that GM has decided to indicate an indefinite road closure, given that the rehab project has been delayed once again and a reopening date is currently unknown.

Maestri Bridge Age Correction
Posted June 12, 2011, by Jared (albermarle52 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It was built in '28, not '38.