Bossier Parish leaders: Dogwood Trail Bridge opens, but still needs work
HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) -
Bossier leaders announced on Friday, the Dogwood Trail Bridge over Red Chute Bayou is officially open.
Since May, the construction had sealed off the main entrance and exit to Dogwood, one of the largest subdivisions in Bossier Parish. Residents who normally use that entrance had to take a 5 mile detour
to Bellevue road to get in and out.
The project was initially supposed to be completed by August 15, but was delayed to September 15. Dogwood neighbors voiced their frustrations about the delay and the congestion the construction was causing to KSLA News 12 on Wednesday.
Director of Public Safety Sammy Halphen announced on Friday in a press release, the bridge would open early, but explained work on the bridge will continue for "approximately two more weeks". Halphen asks you to use caution when driving over the bridge.
Engineers say the bridge will feature wider lanes, a pedestrian walk and will be approximately 2 feet higher to help with flooding issues. They are using a federal grant to completely reconstruct the 1.2 million dollar bridge.