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Black Lake bridge project year ahead of schedule

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Construction has not slowed boat traffic or fishing on Black Lake. This construction worker is laying rebar for the guard barrier and the bed of the bridge. Concrete will be up to 8 inches thick when poured over the double layers of rebar in the foreground.

from the Natchitoches Times’

by Juanice Gray

 The Black Lake Bridge on Hwy. 9 near Campti is notorious for flooding. The levees and the bridge have been submerged countless times. Each time, the residents on either side and the economy suffer. Traffic has to reroute, people have difficulty getting to work or to shop and the bridge supports are damaged.

Someone learned a lesson from the Ward 9 flooding in New Orleans and decided to take preemptive measures and build a bridge that would remain above flood stage and allow uninterrupted traffic flow. The base of the new bridge is several feet above any recorded flood level. “Even if water were to get to the girders, with the material it is made of, it would still be ok,” said project supervisor DeLloyd Brunson.

Brunson and two additional inspectors employed by DOTD oversee the project to ensure it meets specifications.

James Group Construction is the contractor and employs 20-25 people, as well as specialty crews, to get the job done.

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Written by demon53

June 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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