In our previous edition, the Leesville Daily Leader reported information about the public information meeting regarding the SH 63/LA 8 bridge held last week.

The bridge is known to many as Burr’s Ferry Bridge and has several issues both the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) seek to address with this upcoming project.

It is a cause for concern because the bridge is too narrow, the railing is outdated and there are problems in the foundation of the bridge.

Additionally, vehicles have been striking overhead portions of the bridge causing damage to both cars and the bridge itself.

The following options come from DOTx and LADOTD and are potential solutions to the current issues with the bridge.

Repair

This option would see that the bridge would be repaired, steel truss painted, and potholes fixed. The bridge would be kept open for all vehicle types. This option is estimated to cost $2.2 million

Pedestrian Bridge

This option would see that the bridge be closed and a new one be built in its place. This option allows the bridge to be converted and used for pedestrians/cyclists only. Including the cost of the new road and bridge, it is estimated this option could cost $22-70 million.

New Bridge

This option would also see the bridge be closed. Cul-de-sacs would be built on SH 63 and LA 8 This option would allow the historic truss and prohibit access to it. Including the cost of the new road and bridge, it is estimated this option could cost $22-68 million.

Demolition

This option would see that the bridge be completely demolished and cul-de-sacs be built along SH 63 and LA 8. Including the cost of the new road and bridge, it is estimated that this option could cost $22-68 million.

If a new bridge is built, A segment of SH 63 and LA 8 would have to be relocated. During construction the bridge would remain open. TxDOT has identified five conceptual route build alternatives, and estimated their costs. To view those routes log on to www.txdot.gov

Those who could not attend the meeting, but would like to submit their questions and suggestions, can do so by emailing SH63-LA8bridge@blantonassociates.com.