The wait continues in south Bossier as the Jimmie Davis Bridge sits without much needed repairs.
The bridge was due to begin rehabilitation in early 2015 before it was delayed to 2016 due to federally protected birds nesting under the bridge. The rehabilitation project was then abandoned in favor of building a completely new bridge.
Two years later, the project remains at a stand still until an Environmental Assessment is completed.
Erin Buchanan, Public Information Officer for DOTD, said the consultants are studying whether to build one new span and rehabilitate the existing structure to be used as the second span or build two new spans and covert the existing structure to a pedestrian crossing. If only one new span is built, the pedestrian facilities would be constructed on that new structure.
Buchanan said consultants are currently working on the supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA), which will ultimately produce the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Then it will have to be reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
“Because the scope of the project changed…from an extensive rehabilitation to the construction of a new bridge, a supplement to the initial Environmental Assessment has to be conducted,” Buchanan previously told the Press-Tribune.
DOTD is anticipating a completed EA this fall. There is currently no timeline on letting or construction, Buchanan added.