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DOTD updates Bossier Parish Police Jury about construction on the Linton Rd. bridge over Black Bayou

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DOTD's David North talks projects with the Bossier Parish Police Jury. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Report:

David North of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)
told Bossier Parish Police Jury members Wednesday that construction on the Linton Rd. bridge over Black Bayou could be completed by late summer.

DOTD is supervising the construction project. North said the contractor is currently
working under a revised schedule that shows an anticipated completion date in late July.

“We have given change orders for 34 days of added time because of the availability of
materials, and there’s a request for weather days…we’re under a calendar day contract,” he explained. North said the completion date would be “running close” to the opening day of schools in the parish.

Jury member Philip Rodgers, whose District 3 includes the bridge project, questioned
North about an issue he believes could be contributing to the slow progress on
construction.

“I go down there at least once a week and the contractor has six people working,” he said.

“It’s like this is a side job for them and they go home at three o’clock. What are the
consequences if July rolls around and we’re still three months out? It’s very frustrating to people who live on the other side of that bridge.”

North said the contractor has advertised for additional staff, but has had little success in
hiring additional people.

During Wednesday’s meeting police jury members also:

  • Agreed to provide workers and grappler truck to assist Keep Bossier Beautiful white
    goods pickup.
  • Agreed to assist the town of Benton with removal of condemned structure at 112
    Stinson Road, Benton.
  • Rescheduled the May 4 regular police jury meeting, due to the Police Jury Association
    of Louisiana’s annual Legislative Day.
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