The Public Works Department at Lafayette Consolidated Government has identified 17 bridges in the parish that will need to be replaced within the next 5 to 7 years.
The roads are Anderson Road, Bajat Road, Bayou Tortue Road, Canberra Drive, Crestlawn Drive, Denais Road, East Butcher Switch Road, East Martial Avenue, East Peck Boulevard, Failla Road, Jenkins Road, Ranch Road, Rim Road, Rue des Etoiles Road, Stutes Road, Tolson Road and Veterinarian Road
However, Civil Engineering Supervisor Mitchell Wyble says the bridge on Bajat Rd. is the only bridge that is closed to traffic and there are no plans to close any others.
Wyble also adds that all 17 bridges that need to be replaced have wood pilons.
“Well most of these piles have been in the ground since the 60s, 70s and early 80s so they have seen their life, 30 to 45 years on a pile.” Wyble explained “Looking ahead for the future to be able to replace those bridges in a short period of time without having to close the road down for years and that’s the goal is to get ahead of the game while having them engineered, having the right of way acquired and seeking the construction needs to replace those bridges at the appropriate time without having to shut down the road for a long period of time.”