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Bayou St. John, New Orleans, LA

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is leading a collaborative effort to fully repair, rehabilitate, and beautify two of the historic bridges that span Bayou St. John—located in the heart of New Orleans.

These two wonderful bridges frame the graceful curve of Bayou St. John and the historic portage route to the Mississippi River. The vision for the restoration of these bridges will significantly enhance the public use, walkability, and overall quality of life for residents of Faubourg St. John and its many visitors.

The Magnolia Bridge The Dumaine Street Bridge

Magnolia Bridge

An iron swing bridge, built in the late 1800s, stabilized in 1936, and converted to a pedestrian bridge in the 1970s. It is historically and architecturally significant, and still utilized by pedestrians, bicyclists, runners, and Jazz Festers, as well as those who come just to enjoy the beauty of Bayou St. John. The Magnolia Bridge was recently recognized by the Louisiana Landmarks Society as one of the 2011 New Orleans Nine, a list of the nine most endangered historic resources in New Orleans.

Dumaine St. Bridge

A steel-framed bridge, with structural concrete supporting the side rails and pedestrian curb. It is a fully functional auto and pedestrian bridge that was built by the City of New Orleans in 1951.

Magical Night on the Magnolia BridgeThe Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association (FSJNA) is committed to the preservation of the historical, commercial and community values of the neighborhood, one of the oldest in the City and even the nation. The FSJNA has a track record of volunteerism and civic engagement in support of an array of revitalization projects and other community events. In 1989, the FSJNA led a successful effort to provide minor repairs and beautification to the Magnolia Bridge, although neither structural concerns nor the remediation of lead paint were included in the scope of that work. Most recently, in 2002 the FSJNA executed a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City of New Orleans to replace the wooden decking of the bridge.

 

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