Acrow Bridge Restores Critical Route for Louisiana Residents Impacted by Hurricane Ida
Modular steel bridge rapidly installed to replace damaged bridge in Jefferson Parish
(Parsippany, New Jersey) – Acrow, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, recently supplied a modular steel bridge to provide passage between the communities of Lafitte and Barataria in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Acrow’s bridge is serving as a temporary replacement for the Kerner Swing Bridge, which was destroyed by a rogue barge during Hurricane Ida, a destructive Category 4 storm that made U.S. landfall in the state on August 29th of this year.
Widespread damage and loss of life from the storm was reported in many parts of Louisiana and states as far north as Connecticut. Southeastern portions of Louisiana were particularly hard hit by catastrophic rain and wind, including Jefferson Parish, where the 400 residents of Barataria became isolated by the destruction of their only vehicular bridge to the mainland, leaving them without access to emergency services.
Within days, the Louisiana National Guard installed a temporary floating bridge to enable access for first responders and residents, but the capacity of the single lane structure proved inadequate and a larger, longer-term temporary bridge was urgently needed. Ultimately, the contractor, C.E.C., Inc., selected a modular steel structure from Acrow, based in part on the firm’s extensive experience in restoring damaged infrastructure in emergency conditions globally.
Acrow’s modular steel bridge consists of two 100-foot-long spans, each with a roadway width of 24 feet. The existing damaged bridge was a movable swing bridge, providing a clear waterway for the passage of ships. The driving surface for the movable bridge had partial curves fabricated into its deck to accommodate the swinging motion, requiring Acrow to quickly fabricate special curve filler decks to allow for a smooth transition. The spans were supplied with a factory-applied epoxy aggregate anti-skid deck. The center plate and cover plates transitioning from the approaches to the bridge had the same epoxy aggregate anti-skid deck applied at the site.
Acrow’s components were delivered to the site over a two-week period beginning September 20th. 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 Director – National Sales and Military Business Development. “Quickly and easily built and installed, they are easily disassembled to facilitate safe, rapid re-deployment.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to assist in this project to restore a key transportation lifeline in the wake of Hurricane Ida,” added Bill Killeen, Acrow CEO. “Drawing on decades of service in recovery from disaster, our Rapid Response Team understands the challenge of restoring infrastructure quickly and can provide immediate response in the most difficult conditions.”
Acrow has been serving the transportation and construction industries for more than 70 years with a wide range of modular steel bridging solutions for permanent, temporary, military and emergency use. Acrow’s extensive international presence includes leadership in the development and implementation of bridge infrastructure projects in over 150 countries across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, please visit www.acrow.com.
About C.E.C., Inc.
C.E.C., Inc. (C.E.C.) provides and performs a variety of heavy and highway construction services. We specialize in new construction, rehabilitation, design-build projects, and engineering support. We are one of Louisiana’s top fixed and movable bridge construction and repair firms. We also regularly perform structural steel, timber, and concrete new construction and repair projects for governmental agencies, as well as industrial and private entities. Our prime offering throughout the years has been bridge construction and rehabilitation. Simply put, we focus on innovative approaches to solving problems in the construction field. Contact us at www.cecinc.us