Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin announces the emergency closure of a bridge on the Robeline-Provencal Road, effective today.
This bridge crosses Coal Kiln Creek and is located approximately 3 miles west of the intersection of State Route LA-117.
During a regularly-scheduled inspection of this bridge, Parish officials discovered cracks in the majority of its timber stringers, which apparently are the result of traffic loads in excess of the 15-ton limit for which the bridge is currently posted. Because of these critical deficiencies, the bridge must be closed to all traffic.
Parish officials are exploring various repair options so that the bridge can be re-opened to traffic until such time as it is permanently replaced under the Federal Off-System Bridge Replacement Program. This project is currently scheduled for letting in the spring of 2018.
In the meantime, motorists may detour around the closed bridge site via State Routes LA-117, LA-6, and LA-120.
For more information, please contact the Parish Highway Department at (318) 357-2200.