River levels force bridge opening
ST. FRANCISVILLE- The John James Audubon Bridge will be open to traffic beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday morning. It's a move prompted by Governor Jindal to provide a reliable crossing between St. Francisville and New Roads as river levels rise. The opening of the bridge also marks the closure of the ferry nearby, something residents say is bitter sweet.
"This ferry has been here my whole life, I can't imagine St. Francisville without the ferry, I'm thrilled about the new bridge, but it's a bitter sweet day, we're losing a really close contact with the river," said Susan Davis, who was taking a farewell trip as the Ferry took one of its final voyages across the Mississippi.
Though, the new bridge will provide an easy route for the hundreds of people who commute across the river daily.
"It's gonna save me money, and time, and gas," said Darryl Solar, who uses the ferry regularly.
While crews say the bridge is perfectly safe for traffic to cross, they will continue some work on the bridge and add it should be complete by the end of the year.