The St. Claude Avenue draw bridge is located at the lock at the Inner Harbor Navigational Channel and the Mississippi River in New Orleans (known locally as the Industrial Canal). The dredging for this busy waterway was begun in 1918. Later in the 1930's part of the canal became the channel for the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as it passes through.
The lock was built in 1921. The canal along its 5.5 mile length links the Mississippi River with Lake Pontchartrain -- the two bodies of water which nearly surround New Orleans.
Today the 75 foot-wide lock is too narrow and t0o old to be efficient. Congress in 1956 authorized the locks to be replaced. Planning and public input continued until 1969 when Congress authorized construction of a 110 foot-wide replacement. That construction start was announced in 2001 and would includes 2 new bridges including this one. An award winning $37 million mitigation program has been funded to minimize impacts of the project on surrounding neighborhoods. But the lock replacement is still more than 12 years out.
Thus the lock is now one of the most congested locks in the country. This is one of six bridges across the Canal.
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Lagniappe (a little something extra)
It happened again.
This time it snuck up on me.
I didn't even notice until I was editing the picture.
There it was. With my name on it.
Today on Pixel Eyed.