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Grosse Tete bridge reopens sooner than projected date

IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

Months of headaches and detours finally coming to an end for folks in Iberville Parish today. The bridge on LA 77, which connects Plaquemine to Grosse Tete, reopened this morning after a barge slammed into it back in February. Donna Sanchez, who works at a local gas station up the street, explained how the damaged bridge made it tough on business.

"It was terrible," said Sanchez. "It prevented everybody on the other side of the river from getting over here. Therefore, it cut 80% of our revenue," said Sanchez.

Now, life can return back to normal for Amy Hill and her daughter, Carrie.

"It was rough, having to go all the way around through Addis, Brusly, Port Allen," said Hill. "It was tough on gas, but we made it through and we are extra excited it's open."

LA DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallet released this statement:

"We estimated the project to be completed between 60 and 90 days. With the help of the Iberville Sheriff's Office, Wildlife and Fisheries, and good weather we were able to finish 45 days ahead of schedule."

Road officials say 1,400 people travel across the bridge daily.

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