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Widening Jimmie Davis Bridge up for public discussion

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BOSSIER CITY, La. -

The Jimmie Davis Bridge that has connected Bossier and Shreveport residents since 1968 is in need of some cosmetic repairs.

$10.5 million dollars in capital outlay funds from the state have been secured to refurbish the bridge but for residents that may not be enough.

Next week, DOTD will conduct a public meeting to determine if a four lane bridge is needed on the southern end of the twin cities.

Senator Barrow Peacock says what was good for traffic decades ago, isn't enough now.

"We need more capacity on that bridge. It needs to be four lane, it needs to join both the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway and our Clyde Fant Parkway and the bicycle paths together," Peacock says.

According to the Department of Transportation and Development, the average daily traffic count on LA 511 is close to 28,000 vehicles each day.

"You cross that bridge at 5 o'clock in the evening, traffic is backed up over two miles."

And that has become a problem for Bossier resident Bridgett Brock.

"It depends on If I'm in a hurry and what I got to do, but I have avoided it sometimes when I didn't feel comfortable."

But when she does, she says it's with fear.

"The fact that it's such a narrow bridge, I have visions of going off the side of it so it's just that scary to me."

Dr. James Myers with Jimmie Davis Animal Hospital at the foot of the bridge says accidents make using the bridge almost unbearable at times.

"When traffic is bad it gets backup really fast, if there's a wreck on the bridge, you're probably looking at a good 30-minute wait just for things to get cleared up."

The meeting with DOTD will be August 15th at the Barksdale Baptist Church on Jimmie Davis highway.

Comments will be accepted for ten days following the public meeting by mail, email, or telephone and must include commenter's name and address.

Mail:

Red River Bridge at Jimmie Davis Highway EA

P.O. Box 56845

New Orleans, LA 70156

Email:

comments@redriverbridgeea.com

Phone:

1-877-280-8774

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