Investigations & Casualty Analysis

4/26/2019: Coast Guard to hold public hearing in Louisiana for Sunshine Bridge investigation

The Coast Guard 8th District in New Orleans announced in a news release that it will convene a public hearing beginning May 6, 2019, to consider evidence related to the Kristin Alexis formal marine casualty investigation. The hearing will focus on the overhead strike of the Highway 70 Sunshine Bridge in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, which severely impacted the local community for several weeks while the bridge was impassible and out of service.

Time/Dates:  8 a.m., May 6-11, 2019
Location: Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S St Landry Ave., Gonzales, Louisiana, 70737

The hearing will be streamed live each day at:

The Coast Guard established an email address for the public and interested parties to provide information, ask questions and make comments related to the ongoing investigation during the hearing. This e-mail will be checked regularly and all correspondence will be acknowledged. The email address is The Coast Guard will also continue to monitor and respond to any email sent to

Additional information about the hearing, to include the schedule of witnesses, fact sheets and biographies, as well as any future news releases and documentation, will be shared prior to the start of the public hearing.

Members of the public who wish to attend the hearing must present valid government-issued photo identification. There will be a one-hour break for lunch each day of the hearing. Lunch will not be provided.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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