Two bayou-spanning bridges set to open soon after delays

Published: Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:07 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM CDT
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Lisa Danos opened Salon Chic in August, fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning a business. She chose the location on LA 1 in Larose, hoping to lure in a lot of customers driving by.

"We get walk-ins, especially on Fridays," she says. "I guess guys going to and from Fourchon use the access road right here."

Danos hopes business will get even better at the end of the month, when crews are expected to finish the bridge crossing Bayou Lafourche in Larose.

The six-lane span will provide a straight shot from Highway 308 to 3235, the four-lane road trucks take to reach Port Fourchon. The bridge has been under construction for more than two years, and after a setback from Hurricane Isaac, it is now expected to open on October 25.

Danos can't wait.  "The pontoon's always out, it's breaking and the Intracoastal's always up for boat traffic," she says. "It's just a mess."

Drivers trying to get across Bayou Terrebonne have also been dealing with a mess.

Construction on the Prospect Street Bridge near Houma began in May 2010.  Delays because of equipment and the storm pushed back the completion date several times.

The bridge could be finished sometime later this month or early November. As of Monday, the company in charge is being fined $5,000 each day the bridge isn't open.

Angela Lapeyrouse runs Angel's Fashions, just off Prospect Street on the east side of Bayou Terrebonne. She says the construction makes it almost impossible to get to the store.

"I had one customer that it took them at least 45 minutes just to get here and the last time she left, she said it took her an hour and half to get home," says Lapeyrouse.

Lapeyrouse hopes the bridge will open in time for the store's busy season, alleviating the traffic tie ups outside. Homecoming, the holidays and Mardi Gras mean heavy traffic in the store.