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St. Francisville bridge to be replaced, so residents aren't stranded

2 years 8 months 1 week ago Sunday, February 08 2015 Feb 8, 2015 February 08, 2015 5:55 PM February 08, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

ST. FRANCISVILLE - Some residents who live off of Graham road have to cross the bridge in order to get to their homes.

If the bridge goes out or needs emergency repair, it could leave people who live behind it stranded.

Graham Road Bridge is on the agenda, for Monday's council meeting, to be discussed for replacement.

"It's old. It gets washed out, plus for when it ices over, you can get the kids out of here," said Chris Rogers who lives nearby.

Parish leaders said they want to replace the bridge with a steel pipe and have a culvert underneath.

"If the bridge went out or was inspected and had to be closed, it's usually about a 24 hour window. So you have 60 or so residences back there that would have no warning, no planning. We wouldn't be able to get school buses back there," said Jim Ferguson, the Director of the Department of Public Works.

The project is expected to cost around $75,000 and DPW is hoping the funding for the replacement will be approved at the council meeting.

It's part of a larger initiative, by the parish, to fix four bridges that are in different areas.

If approved, replacement of the bridge is targeted to happen sometime around the summer.

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