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Sunshine Bridge Closure (2018)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-10-19

Duration: 00:05:42

Subjects: Louisiana. Department of Transportation and Development | SUNSHINE BRIDGE | Wilson, Shawn


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Wilson, Shawn Interviewee


This segment from the October 19, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Andre Moreau’s report on the closure of the Sunshine Bridge near Donaldsonville. Moreau reports that a barge traveling down the Mississippi River with a crane crashed into the bridge on October 12th. He interviews Dr. Shawn Wilson, the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), who discusses: his expectation that the bridge will be closed for months instead of days; the next steps for the repairs; and their decision not to open the bridge until permanent repairs can be made.