Texas Street bridge to get repairs

LaDOTD preparing to start major repairs on Texas Street bridge

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Texas Street bridge, a major connector between Shreveport and Bossier City and an iconic part of the cities' skyline, is getting a $15 million makeover.

The project announced Friday just went to bid.

The work will include deck repairs, joint repairs, repairs to the steel structure and changes to the roadway approaches, Louisiana highway department regional spokeswoman Erin Buchanan said.

Cleaning and painting also will be part of the project, she added.

This bridge built in the 1930s has seen some repairs over time but still needs some maintenance, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reports.

As with so many structures in Louisiana, the span is aging and aging quickly, Buchanan said.

"If you can’t go on the interstate for some reason, you typically go over the Texas Street bridge to get to Shreveport or Bossier. So we want to keep this bridge in working condition.”

Work won’t start until the first of the year. The contractor then will have 430 working days, meaning the whole project will take more than a year.

Lane closures and restrictions are expected as work progresses. Decisions on closures will happen in the coming months during preconstruction meetings.

LaDOTD says 12,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

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