DOTD orders emergency closure of bridge
BATON ROUGE - Parish workers closed the North Flannery Bridge over Lively Bayou this afternoon after inspectors found it was no longer safe for traffic.
State inspectors said the bridge, which was built in 1965 between Florida Boulevard and South Choctaw Drive, was too dangerous to remain open to traffic.
According to DPW, alternate routes are N. Sherwood Forest Boulevard to S. Choctaw Drive to Florida Boulevard.
The bridge had previously been rated a 4, or "structurally deficient", and was on a list of 78 bridges targeted for replacement in East Baton Rouge Parish. Around 13,000 vehicles use it every day, according to the EBR Mayor-President's office.