Thursday, September 08, 2005


Work on I-10

6:50 P.M. - WASHINGTON (AP): It will be a long, slow process, but transportation officials are taking the first steps toward rebuilding the roads and bridges destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The state of Mississippi has signed a contract for $5.1 million to repair the I-10 bridge in Columbia. The work is set to begin this weekend and could be finished in a month.
Louisiana starts bidding on Friday for one of the most visible projects, repairing the Twin Span Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain. The acting chief of the Federal Highway Administration says the work will take 100 days before both spans can be opened.
These are just the first projects in a massive rebuilding effort.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta says he expects the repairs in Louisiana alone to about cost $1.3 billion.

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