Busy Monroe bridge to close for eight weeks
MONROE - Many Ouachita Parish motorists are facing a major change.
Beginning Saturday, the Lea Joyner Bridge on Monroe's heavily traveled Louisville Avenue will close for eight weeks.
The bridge will be closed for two separate four-week periods for critical repairs. The News-Star reports that it will be the first such extended closure in the bridge's more than 80-year history.
Marshall Hill, the administrator for the state transportation department's Monroe District Office, said the bridge has to be shut down for crews to replace the bridge bearings used to raise and lower the draw bridge for Ouachita River traffic.
Approximately 40,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. Many are expected to take Interstate 20 as an alternate route when the Joyner closes.