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DOTD terminates Jimmie Davis Bridge contract

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has determined that for reasons beyond the control of both DOTD and PCL Civil Constructors, Inc., the $23.4 million La. 511 Jimmie Davis Bridge rehabilitation project can’t be completed as originally contracted.

The contract has been terminated because of the inability to reach an agreement with the contractor on a plan or a price to address cliff swallows, a protected species of bird inhabiting the bridge.

“DOTD is diligently working on the next steps to move forward with this project, and it is important to note that the money allocated for this rehabilitation remains allocated to the La. 511 Jimmie Davis Bridge. While DOTD realizes the termination of the contract presents a delay of this project, it is imperative that the department act with the best interest of the state of Louisiana and its citizens in mind,” according to a press release sent Monday morning.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. How about trying to fix the holes in the roads on East Texas and Barksdale and basically every other road in bossier. The only “good” roads are the ones in rich neighborhoods middle class and the “hoods” are awful. You can tell when you are driving into the ghetto because the roads turn to crap east 70th isn’t bad. Soon as you get on west 70th the road is tore to hell and back. Shreveport/Bossier needs to get their crap together.

  2. There are three separate bridges into Shreveport why not just use that cash you would spend on the bridge fixing the roads! I used to need a new alignment every few months moved back to FL and haven’t needed an alignment once and we have been here a year. With all the flooding I’m sure it has gotten worse. I’ve never seen any other state with roads as bad as they are in Louisiana. Take some pride in your cities.

  3. Build a new sister bridge next to the JD bridge ! Swallows stay where they are, traffic isn’t disrupted and we have a new bridge in place for when the other is no longer safe or can be fixed. The swallows should be able to move out by then.

  4. By taking advantage of man-made nesting sites, Cliff Swallows have expanded their range considerably, exploiting many new areas. Though they are difficult to survey, the general trend appears to be toward increased numbers and more widespread distribution throughout North America except in the Northeast, where numbers have declined significantly. They traditionally nested only in the cliffs on the Columbia Plateau, but now are found nesting under bridges and the eaves of buildings. They are extremely tolerant of disturbance and rarely abandon nests for this reason. …just fix the bridge….this is ridiculous …

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