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FLORIDA AVENUE BRIDGE (updated on 1/21/16)
Due to problems with the bridge control system, the U.S. Coast Guard has approved a temporary reduction in the full opening height of the Florida Avenue Bridge from 156 ft. to 150 ft. for passage of marine traffic. Therefore, until further notice the bridge will be raised 150 ft. for marine traffic.
The Florida Avenue Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic at this time due to problems with the bridge control system and it will generally remain in the raised position (open to marine traffic), but it will be lowered for rail traffic and it will be raised and lowered as needed for testing, so delays should be anticipated.
Alternate Routes: Judge Seeber (Claiborne Ave.) Bridge & St. Claude Ave. Bridge
ST. CLAUDE AVENUE & FLORIDA AVENUE BRIDGES (updated on 2/4/2016)
Effective today, February 4, 2016, bridge curfews at the St. Claude Ave Bridge and Florida Ave Bridge have been reinstated. The curfews were previously suspended on January 5th due high water in the Mississippi River.
The Port of New Orleans owns and operates four bridges across the Inner Harbor - Navigation Canal. To help expedite vehicular traffic during peak drive times, the bridges will not be drawn for maritime traffic (except in the case of an emergency) during restricted hours on weekdays (Monday-Friday), excluding Federal Holidays. These restricted hours are known as bridge curfews.
3:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Not Applicable (the bridge is temporarily closed to vehicular traffic due to roadway conditions)
(railroad bridge only)
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 am
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Note: From 8:00 pm until 7:00 am, 4 hours notice is required for marine openings.
For information about the IHNC locks operated by the New Orleans District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers north of the St. Claude Bridge, go to: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/od/lockupdates/lockstatus.asp?lockid=3