ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - It has been a year since the Milldale Road Bridge in Zachary was first closed. Last year, the closed bridge caused headaches for people in that area. A year later the story is still the same as “road closed” signs are still out.
The pastor of Milldale Baptist Church Jason Robertson and neighbors says they've felt the impact of the bridge being closed for too long.
“There's dangers involved,” said Robertson. “If you need a fireman, if you need the police, or if you need an ambulance there is constantly confusion because of this bridge.”
Thomas Stephens with the East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works (DPW) says the damaged bridge was way too old to repair. But, the good news is the department will be replacing it with money from a Gustav-Isaac recovery program and not stopping there.
“The bridge replacement program is something that's essential to the traveling public and we're working to replace over 30 bridges this year,” said Stephens.
Robertson said the news of a new bridge sounds good, but actions speak louder than words and the community's patience is growing thinner.
“Once again, right now they're saying maybe in January we are going to look at it,” said Robertson. “It's always the same thing and they keep pushing us off further and further. By the time they do all of the research and construction we are looking at this bridge being out for over two years.”
DPW said they are looking to start construction on the new bridge sometime next year.
Here is a list of bridges expected to be repaired or replaced in East Baton Rouge Parish:
Albert Drive Bridge over Northdale Canal
Amelia Earhart Bridge over Monte Sano Bayou
Bay Street Bridge over Northdale Canal
Bob Petit Road Bridge over Bayou Fountain
Chestnut Street Bridge over Northdale Canal
Claycut Road Bridge over Dawson Creek
Claycut Road Bridge over Ward Creek
Cuyhanga Parkway Bridge over Jones Creek
East Chimes Street Bridge over Corporation Canal
East Brookstown Street Bridge over Hurricane Creek
East Garfield Street Bridge over Corporation Canal
Fraternity Street Bridge over Monte Sano Bayou
Maribel Street Bridge over Hurricane Creek
Milldale Road Bridge over Beaver Bayou
Mollylea Drive Bridge over Jones Creek
Morvant Road Bridge (1) over Drainage Canal
Morvant Road Bridge (2) over Drainage Canal
Prescott Street Bridge
Pecos Drive Bridge over Shoe Creek
Port Hudson Pride Road over Little Sandy Creek
Sally Ride Bridge over Monte Sano Bayou
Silverleaf Drive Bridge over Roberts Canal
Taylor Street Bridge over Corporation Canal
Van Buren Street Bridge over Corporation Canal
Woodland Ridge Blvd over Jones Creek