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DOTD Announces the Replacement of Three Bridges in Red River and Bienville Parishes

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces the replacement of three bridges through two different state projects in Red River and Bienville Parishes.

The LA 507 bridge between Womack and Castor in Red River Parish was closed last year after it was determined to no longer be safe for travel. A $2.2-million project to replace the 52-year-old bridge will begin in April 2020.

Two bridges on LA 4 between Castor and Lucky in Bienville Parish have also been closed several months due to the condition of the structures. Those bridges — built in 1968 — will be replaced as part of a $2.3-million project set to also begin in April 2020.

Both projects are anticipated to be complete in spring 2021, with progress dependent on weather conditions.

“We inspect bridges around the state regularly to ensure they are safe, but as these structures age, load postings and total bridge closures become more common," said Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. "This administration has put forth great effort to maintain our infrastructure network with limited resources."

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The LA 507 bridge replacement was funded as part of $76.2 million in redistribution money received from the Federal Highway Administration for states that successfully allocate the full amount of their already available funding for construction projects each fiscal year. Louisiana has received a portion of the redistribution funds for 19 consecutive years.

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