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People fed up over lingering bridge construction

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BATON ROUGE - Residents want answers after construction work on the Woodlake Drive bridge has lingered on for nearly two years.

People who spoke with WBRZ News 2 today said the construction has wasted their time and money.

"It grates on your nerves, I mean first couple months... fine. But after two years we're tired of it," said Mark McIntyre. "It takes me 25 minutes to do what I can do in five minutes before, and it's gotten old."

"We are spending between $1,000 and $1,500 per year for gas, wear and tear on the vehicles and just extra mileage to get back and forth from work and school," said Cindy Morris.

Work started on the bridge in May 2012. The completion date has been pushed back a few times. The Department of Transportation and Development says work on the bridge was delayed last summer due to problems with utility relocation and malfunctioning equipment. DOTD says the cold and rainy weather stopped work completely at some points.

Residents of the White Oak Landing subdivision told News 2 that they're tired of delays and want to see the bridge opened.

"Our expectations now are don't believe anything they're going to tell you, cause it's going to be delayed for whatever reason. So it was supposed to be December and then they moved it to February, and of course it's not done in February," said Morris.

"You're waiting... you're hearing dates. We're going to be complete in January... we're going to be complete in February. You look and nobody's at work today. It's a beautiful day," said McIntyre.

DOTD says the construction should be finished by the end of March.


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