Bossier Parish to enforce restrictions on bridge weight limits

Bossier Parish to enforce restrictions on bridge weight limits
Extra attention will be focused on the Swan Lake Road bridge that crosses Willow Chute Bayou.

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Truckers hauling heavy loads over Bossier Parish bridges will have to make sure they're in compliance.

Extra attention will be focused on the Swan Lake Road bridge that crosses Willow Chute Bayou, located a mile north of the Interstate 220 exit, according to a news release. Weight restrictions and maximum weight limits are posted next to bridges.

"Our Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit personnel have noticed an increase in heavy truck traffic that could be exceeding the posted weight restrictions on some of our bridges," said Parish Engineer Butch Ford, in a news release. "This is a public safety concern of ours and we're going to be weighing trucks to be sure they are in compliance."

Companies hauling heavy loads on Bossier Parish roads are required to obtain a parish permit in addition to state permits where necessary.

"We're very aware of the wear and tear on our bridges with all the heavy truck traffic, but we also understand that we must work with these companies that are doing business in Bossier Parish," Ford said. "Our CVEU staff is always available to talk to the owners and explain the parish laws."

Also, companies crossing posted parish bridges are required to purchase an insurance bond, which takes about two weeks.

"We have to place the safety of our residents and of the truck drivers above anything else," Ford said. "Our officers will pull over suspected overweight vehicles and perform a weight check. Our message is safety first. I know the companies will understand."

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