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Construction on Sunshine Bridge worries drivers

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DONALDSONVILLE - Construction on the Sunshine Bridge has caused many drivers to feel uneasy when driving across the bridge.

Glenn Robert filed a complaint to DOTD after he got into an accident on the bridge. He says each time he drives over it he fears for his safety.

"I think that if something isn't done here we're going to have a serious accident," said Robert. "I've seen more signage for a pothole than they have had for this bridge."

He said because of the canvas-like material used to cover the bridge for the new paint job, it's difficult for him to see while driving. However, the construction supervisor told him the work contract does not include any additional lightening for the covered area on bridge.

"I drifted a little to the right, scraped up the whole right side of my car," said Robert. "A $25 million project, you certainly can find a few thousand dollars to put up either a reflective stripe or some reflective tape on these barriers."

Robert said it's not just the lightening, but he believes these solutions can also help with the flow of traffic and reduce the number of wrecks on the bridge.

Other drivers say the construction is a necessary inconvenience, and people should just deal with the traffic for the time being.

"Its a little bit different," said Terry Wilks, who said he saw an 18-wheeler hit the guardrail along the bridge. "We've needed the upgrades on the Sunshine bridge for quite some time now. The only complaint that I have with it is I would like to see southbound wider just a couple of inches."

DOTD said the paint job will wrap up by the summer of 2015. However, Lane closures on La. 70 adjacent to the bridge in both the eastbound and westbound directions will be closed until Dec. 12.

"Hopefully they get right this time and the traffic won't last like this for much longer," said Wilks.


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