Report: I-10 bridge repairs finishing ahead of schedule

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Repairs on the twin spans of Interstate 10 over Lake Pontchartrain that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina have come in ahead of time and under budget, according to the New York Times.

By cannibalizing one bridge to fix the other, and then using temporary steel spans to fix the first bridge, the state of Louisiana and the contractor were able to open one span in October and plan to have traffic flowing on the other as early as Friday, Jan. 6, almost two weeks ahead of schedule, according to the newspaper.

The major traffic artery is one of three coast-to-coast interstates that link the entire nation, from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Fla.