State to build new Red River bridge, cancels plans for rehab
BOSSIER CITY - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says it will cancel plans to rehabilitate the Jimmie Davis Bridge, between Bossier City and Shreveport, and build a new one instead.
The state had issued a $23.4 million contract to rehabilitate the bridge, but it was terminated after the DOTD and the contractor could not agree on how to get rid of the cliff swallows, a protected breed of bird, living under the bridge.
In news release Wednesday, the state said the funds that would have been used on the rehabilitation project will be diverted towards the design and ultimate construction of the new bridge over the Red River.
DOTA Secretary Shawn Wilson said a timeline for the project is not yet available.
Nearly 19,000 motorists cross the bridge daily.