Bill to rename Twin Span Bridge approved

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Frank Davis

The Interstate 10 Twin Span Bridge would be named after the late WWL broadcaster Frank Davis under a bill approved Wednesday by a Senate committee.

The proposal, Senate Bill 413, cleared the Senate Transportation Commiteee and next faces action in the full chamber.

“This guy was an icon,” state Sen. A. G. Crowe, R-Slidell and sponsor of the bill, said of Davis.

“He was adored by all he encountered, both in person and in radio and television, because he was such an integral part of the heart of New Orleans,” Crowe said after the meeting.

Davis, a New Orleans native who died in December, was known for his “Naturally N’Awlins” feature reports for WWL-TV.

His broadcasting career spanned 30 years.

Davis retired in 2011.

Davis’ TV appearances began with weekly fishing reports that eventually turned into features called “Naturally N’Awlins,” which focused on local personalities and dialects.

The bill would name the I-10 structure over Lake Ponchartrain between Slidell and Irish Bayou, the “Frank Davis Naturally N’Awlins Memorial Bridge.”

The original Twin Span Bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The new one, which connects New Orleans and Slidell, opened in 2011 at a cost of $733 million.