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Commuters frustrated over closure of Judge Seeber Bridge

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NEW ORLEANS - For drivers who cross the Industrial Canal on a daily basis, frustration boils over.

"It takes a lot of time, and I'm late for everything," said Ronald White.

"It's just another slap in the community's face," said Norbert Rome.

The DOTD closed the Judge Seeber Bridge in August to clean and paint it. The bridge was scheduled to open several weeks later, but that didn't happen.

The date was pushed back to October, and then the DOTD said the work still wasn't finished because the contractor was dealing with inclement weather.

"The original cost of what it should have been must be different from what it is now, and as of today, they still haven't determined when the bridge will open," Rome said.

The DOTD said the project cost $4.8 million and the bridge will reopen by the end of next week.

"I don't know what the problem is, but we have the problem" said Gloria Maryland. "The problem is with us, because we can't get to and from like we want."

Most drivers use the St. Claude Avenue Bridge as an alternate route, but that's presenting its own set of challenges.

"There are accidents all the time right here because people are running the red light and there's no turn signal," White said. "It's packed in the morning. It's absurd."

"It's utterly ridiculous," Maryland said.

In addition to the backed-up traffic, there are times when the drawbridge at St. Claude must be raised so that marine traffic can pass. When that happens, motorists say, be prepared to sit and wait.

"About 20 to 30 minutes, and it's bad for everybody who goes back and forth," White said.

For drivers, the Judge Seeber Bridge cannot open fast enough.

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