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Voting ends at midnight in DOTD's Jimmie Davis Bridge "Pick the Paint" poll

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While locals have been supportive of a facelift for the bridge, some who live nearby are concerned about the traffic issues that will result from a year-long closure. While locals have been supportive of a facelift for the bridge, some who live nearby are concerned about the traffic issues that will result from a year-long closure.
Swatches of the colors available to choose from in the "Pick the Paint" poll. (Source: Louisiana DOTD) Swatches of the colors available to choose from in the "Pick the Paint" poll. (Source: Louisiana DOTD)
The steel through truss Jimmie Davis Bridge was built in 1968, and the DOTD says it is now in need of major rehabilitiation. The steel through truss Jimmie Davis Bridge was built in 1968, and the DOTD says it is now in need of major rehabilitiation.
Construction work on the Jimmie Davis Bridge is expected to begin in early 2015 and take about one year to complete. Construction work on the Jimmie Davis Bridge is expected to begin in early 2015 and take about one year to complete.
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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Voting ends tonight for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's "Pick the Paint" poll, in which citizens have been given the opportunity to have a say in what color the refurbished Jimmie Davis Bridge will be when it's done.

Color choices include blue, purple, green, gold, gray, orange and red.

Thousands voted after the poll was launched on March 7, with purple taking the lead early on. Red and blue followed behind. As of late morning Friday, May 2, purple remained in the lead with 31 percent of the vote, followed by blue with 25 percent.

Voting remains open, but will officially close at midnight. An announcement is expected next week on the chosen color.

The $15 to $20 million project will involve re-decking, performing structural repairs, installing lighting and painting the bridge, the DOTD stated in a press release. The repairs will improve the quality of the rides for the 21,500 motorist that cross it daily. The DOTD says it will also extend the life of the bridge.

The DOTD says a complete closure of the bridge, which connects Shreveport and Bossier City, will be necessary for crews to safely and quickly perform work once it is underway.

While locals have been supportive of a facelift for the bridge, some who live nearby are concerned about the traffic issues that will result from a year-long closure.

Bids for the bridge work will be taken in October. Construction is expected to begin in early 2015 and take about one year to complete.

In addition to rehabilitating the existing bridge, there is an ongoing Environmental Assessment that is being performed.  In August 2013, a public meeting was held to discuss proposed upgrades to increase vehicle capacity of the bridge by providing 4 traffic lanes and a bicycle/pedestrian trail connection across the Red River.

The options presented to the public included either replacing or adding another bridge structure.  Results of the Environmental Assessment are expected to be available to the public in summer 2014, at which time another public meeting will be scheduled to present the findings.

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