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BATON ROUGE - An emergency bridge closure off Airline Highway with an uncertain repair timeline has a business owner concerned for his customer base.

"I got a call between 12:30, 12:45, and without any warning, got a phone call that the bridge was going to be shut down," CNI Wholesale Nursery owner Brion Clegg said.

The city-parish announced the bridge closure Tuesday, citing broken stringer beams recently observed during an inspection, which prompted the immediate closure.

But it wasn't the repairs that frustrated Clegg.

"No, I don't want the bridge to collapse while a truck is going across it," Clegg said. "A heads up would have been fine."

Along with this,  Clegg was not given a clear time frame for the repairs.

"One of my employees found something on their phone saying a month, but when I talk to the guy, he said he's not sure how long."

The city-parish said a further inspection will determine how long repairs will take.


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