Hurricane Katrina's Toll on Bridges

This article takes a look at what happened to bridges in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina. Levees designed to protect bridges in New Orleans failed, and many, including railroad bridges, suffered extensive damage. However, 10 bridges that had been flood-proofed in recent years, suffered negligible damage from water and wind. Flood-proofing efforts had included demolishing some bridges, replacing them with structures with steep concrete sides, and adding new pilings with specially strengthened anchors for hurricane protection. Some of these bridges were so strong that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allowed them to be used as construction platforms while repairing levee floodwalls. The article includes several photographs of the initial work on bridges following the hurricane.

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  • Authors:
    • Stidger, Ruth W
    • McKain, Dan
    • McKain, Gini
  • Publication Date: 2005-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 36-43
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01015034
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2005 6:36PM