Coast Guard responds to barge allision near Chef Menteur Pass Bridge

Coast Guard District 8 NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a barge that allided with the Chef Menteur Pass Highway 90 Bridge, Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the Louisiana Department of Transportation at 11:12 a.m., that a cement barge being towed by the uninspected towing vessels Shannan C and Portier I allided with the bridge, which required closing the waterway to marine traffic near the bridge. The estimated cost of damage to the bridge is approximately $100,000.

Currently, the bridge is stuck in the open position and is closed to all marine vessels transiting through or near the bridge on the Industrial Canal.

Investigating officers from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans and bridge engineers with LADOT are on scene.

“We are working with the bridge engineers to ensure the safety of the bridge and determine the cause of the allision,” said Lt. j.g. Thomas Hedden, an investigating officer for Sector New Orleans. “The bridge will remain closed until further notice.”

There are no reports of pollution or injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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