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Livingston to reconstruct seven bridges after rot and decay

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LIVINGSTON - A $3.4 million dollar grant will fund the reconstruction of seven residential bridges in Livingston Parish.

Director of Public Works Sam Digirolamo says the city has been applying small fixes to the bridges such as lowering their loads for the past five years, but it's time for a more permanent change.

"It's a concern, we have a concern for these bridges," said Digirolamo. "We know that there's a problem, here. We as a department want to stay abreast to these problems, daily."

The parish has been performing weekly checks on the bridges for the past year. They've noticed falling asphalt and cracked wood that can no longer be repaired.

The bridges were meant to last 25-30 years, and have far exceeded that time limit.

The bridges are located on the following roadways: Blacklake Club Road, Cline Drive, Haynes Settlement Road (north), Haynes Settlement Road (south), Jack Rhodus Road, James Chapel Road and McCarroll Road.

The construction of the new concrete slab span bridges and/or concrete arch spans over the creeks and canals will provide reduced maintenance costs for clearing debris, and will raise the roadways above its current height.


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