Yesterday DOTD held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new bridge across the Bayou Teche in New Iberia.

The $7.3 million project took three years to complete. The new Joe Daigre Bridge or Jefferson Street Bridge as it's been commonly called was originally built in 1943. The old bridge was supported by a timber structure while the new swing span bridge is supported by concrete pilings. The new bridge is wider and is lighted by old style lamp posts to reflect the historic architectural theme of the downtown area.

The new wider bridge will greatly enhance traffic flow as State Representative Taylor Barras said,

This project is another step forward in decreasing congestion along Bayou Teche.

New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry said,

This project will greatly benefit residents and businesses in this area. I appreciate the continued investment on projects to improve infrastructure in the City of New Iberia.