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Bossier Parish Police Jury hears update regarding the Jimmie Davis Bridge

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Jimmie Davis Bridge in south Bossier City. (Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune)

A phone call just minutes before the Bossier Parish Police Jury started its Wednesday
meeting may have presented the opportunity to answer questions about what to do about
the prospect of turning the existing Jimmie Davis bridge connecting Caddo and Bossier
parishes into a linear park.

Lisa Johnson, President/CEO of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce told police jury
members she had talked with Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser prior to the meeting and
he indicated the state would take the old bridge as a state park, and to discuss liability
issues.

“The Lt. Gov. said he would be willing to sit down and have a conversation about this,”
Johnson said. “He said where operating costs and maintenance are concerned, we would
figure that out it the locals could take care of the trash. I believe it’s a conversation to be
had.”

Johnson said Nungesser is working hard to connect all walking and biking trails in the
state. A linear park here would mean this area could have one of the largest connection of
such trails in the state.

“That’s good news and it’s a viable alternative. I’m glad to see it’s getting some legs,” Jury
President Tom Salzer said. “But it’s hard to ask the parishes and cities to pick up the
liability plus operating and maintenance costs. I’m not against it but we have limited
budget money.”

Salzer said he would be willing to go to Baton Rouge and meet with the lieutenant
governor to discuss all the options.

“I’ll certainly make the extra effort because it’s worth a conversation,” he said. We don’t
want to be the cause of south Bossier not getting a bridge they’ve deserved for years.
Last month, officials from both parishes met with the Department of Transportation and
Development to talk about options on spending $150 million set aside for a bridge project.

The existing structure could either be replaced by a new four-lane bridge with biking trail
or rehabilitated with a new two-lane bridge built alongside.

A third option would see a new four-lane bridge constructed with the old structure
rehabilitated as a park only for bikers and pedestrians. For local public bodies, the issue is
who would be responsible for maintenance.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:

 Approved the plat of the proposed development of Clarke subdivision, Unit No. 1A,
being a resubdivision of Lot 1, Clarke subdivision, and a portion of Lot 2, Lawrence
Lands subdivision, located in Section 11, Township 20 North, Range 13 West, Bossier Parish; located off Butler Hill Rd.

 Approved the plat of the proposed development of Lawrence Lands subdivision,
Unit No. 1A, being a resubdivision of Lots 1 and 2, Lawrence Lands subdivision,
located in Section 11, Township 20 North, Range 13 West, Bossier Parish; located
off Butler Hill Rd.

 Approved the plat of the proposed development of Dry Cypress South subdivision,
Unit No. 1-A, being a resubdivision of Lots 4 and 5, Dry Cypress South subdivision,
located in Sections 23 and 26, Township 20 North, Range 12 West, Bossier Parish;
located off LA Hwy. 157.

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