Posted: Aug 3, 2011 4:58 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Aug 3, 2011 4:58 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge City-Parish work teams spent the day assessing a bridge ordered shut down by the state.
The Lively Bayou Bridge on North Flannery was closed Tuesday after inspectors determined it was in critical need of repairs. Termites have damaged some of the supports, while others have deteriorated over time. The Lively Bayou Bridge was built in 1965. An estimated 14,000 drivers use it each day.
Baton Rouge Public Works officials say the bridge can be repaired. They expect the work to last through the end of September. The entire section of North Flannery was closed between Florida Blvd. and Choctaw Drive.
There are several businesses nearby like Sabel Steel. General manager Dan Sturgeon says most of his local delivery trucks already use O'Neal Lane as a bypass from the interstate. He says out of town drivers making deliveries to his shop may run into problems if their GPS systems tell them to use Flannery.
The bridge is one of several on a list because of repair or replacement needs by Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. The state has taken this type of action involving 13 bridges in the parish since 2009.