10 March 2006
North America's longest cable-stayed bridge has been proposed by the team that looks set to be awarded the design-build contract for a new crossing of the Mississippi River. The Audubon Bridge Constructors Joint Venture plans a structure that would exceed the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge's 471m main span. The bridge will have a total length of 3.9km. The joint venture's bid of US$334.7 million was the lowest submitted for the project and the team also achieved the highest technical scores. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has 45 days to make a decision on awarding the contract. Audubon Bridge Constructors is made up of Flatiron Construction, Granite Construction and Parsons Transportation Group with Buckland & Taylor.