The state Department of Transportation and Development won a $10,000 award from a national group for its work on the Twin Span Bridge in New Orleans, officials said Tuesday.
The “America’s Transportation Award” was presented by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in the “under budget, large project” category.
The bridge, which opened in September, was built for $733 million, which was nine percent less than the $803 million estimated cost.
Federal dollars paid for the bridge, which crosses Lake Pontchartrain on Interstate 10 between New Orleans and Slidell.
The previous bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
About 55,000 drivers use the bridge daily.
The $10,000 will be donated to the Louisiana Transportation Research Center to aid students in science, math and social science classes.