WALKER, LA (WAFB) - After nearly a month, residents in Livingston Parish can now cross the US 190 bridge.
According to a tweet from LA DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson, the bridge reopened shortly before noon Sunday, September 11, which is ahead of schedule.
The Walker Bridge that crosses Coyell Creek on US 190 and was severely damaged during the historic August flooding . DOTD determined it was in the public's best interest to repair the bridge with internal crews.
"The force of water is strong, but so is the commitment to public safety and public service," said DOTD secretary, Dr. Shawn Wilson. "I couldn't be more proud of the DOTD bridge crews, which included forces from the Hammond and Shreveport districts, that worked tirelessly to reconstruct this bridge in time for students returning to school in Livingston Parish. It shows the resourcefulness of DOTD's workforce. We can equally respond to a crisis created by nature such as this."
Because of severe erosion due to flooding, crews added a new span to the western side of the bridge. Pilings have also been placed there to support the new span.
DOTD installed the final layer of asphalt Saturday.