State closes more bridges in rural Jeff Davis Parish

By By Doris Maricle / American Press

JENNINGS — The state continued to close bridges in rural Jefferson Davis Parish on Wednesday as police jurors continued to

contemplate how the repairs will be made.

On Wednesday, the state closed a bridge

on Dave Williams Road and a bridge on Lyons Road, just south of La.

1126, after inspections

found problems with the aging structures.

Since August, the state has closed seven bridges in the parish after inspections found deteriorating structures. Half a dozen

others have been deemed critical and in need of repairs, but remain open.

Most of the inspections found problems

with broken and decaying timber and bent bridge piles underneath the

structures, according

to Administrative Road Supervisor Sherwin LeFranc.

Police Jury President Donald Woods said the state is scheduled to inspect 30 more bridges within the next two weeks.

“We’ll have to wait and see after it is over, then decide what we are going to do,” Woods said. “We definitely don’t have

the money for all of them.”

Bridges on DeWolf Road, Bebee Road, Bryan Road, Ardoin Road and Parish Line Road will remain closed until the repairs are

made. A bridge on Ardoin Cove Road has been repaired and reopened.

Bridges listed in critical condition

include those on Turf Gras Road near Lacassine; South Street in Welsh;

Newcomer Road

near Fenton; the Welsh drainage canal; and Adams Road in the Topsy

area. A second bridge on Ardoin Cove Road near Welsh was

also placed on the critical list.

The bridges are inspected every two years by the state Department of Transportation and Development under the state’s off-system

bridge program. The Police Jury inspects bridges every six months.