Going Green: Paris Road bridge to return to its original colorSep 16th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Community
After months of discussions, State Representative Ray Garofalo confirmed in a recent meeting with Louisiana DOTD District Director Michael Stack that the Paris Road Bridge over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway will be painted its original green color. The repainting is included in DOTD’s project schedule for maintenance and refurbishing, but a firm date is not available.
“The Green Bridge has been a landmark in the greater New Orleans area – and St. Bernard in particular – since it was built in the late 1960’s,” said Garofalo. “I believe it’ll be great to see the bridge returned to its original color and remind many residents of their roots in the community.”
The name “Green Bridge” came from its original color upon its completion repainted brown, and more recently grey, but locals continued referring to it as the “green bridge.” Garofalo added that people he knows who live throughout the metro area also call it the “green
bridge.” Garofalo said he even heard a recent radio traffic update referring to it as that.
“It only makes sense to paint it green,” Garofalo concluded. DOTD has not yet established a timeline for the project, but speculation has it set for late 2014 or early 2015. Garofalo said the Federal Highway Administration will have to sign off on the green color “but hopefully that’s just a formality and we’ll have our green bridge.”