BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Residents along Cedarcrest Ave. near Coursey Blvd. are frustrated with a bridge that has been closed for several weeks, and according to city-parish officials, it will remained closed for at least five more weeks.
"When they first put detour signs out and they were pointing this way, people were flying down the street," said Nancy LeBlanc a neighbor in the area. "My daughter actually had to have EMS two weeks ago and I told them before they came and you could hear them on the other side trying to figure out how to get over here."
Department of Public Works Engineer Tom Stephens said he understands the frustrations and admits his crews are backlogged.
"I absolutely do. Cedarcrest happens to be in my neighborhood so it affects me very closely," he said.
Stephen said the parish will turn to outside help soon.
"That's the quick answer," he said. "But we have as many people as our budget allows that are dedicated to it, and we're going to work towards getting a maintenance contractor in addition to our crews."
As of August, the Cedarcrest Drive bridge is just one of four projects currently underway in the parish:
- McCollough Road over Drainage Bayou – closed for another week
- Cedarcrest Drive over Weiner Creek- closed for 3 to 5 weeks
- Sarasota Drive over Depot Canal - closed for 7 to 9 weeks
- Strain Road - closed for 7 to 9 weeks
Other closed bridges on Chimes Street, East Garfield, Maribel, Cuyhanga and Milldale Road will be replaced.