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Jan 2, 2013 5:10 AM by AP

DOTD says boaters should watch out around bridge

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Louisiana transportation officials say boaters should be cautious but they do not have to avoid going under the Interstate 210 bridge.

Protective netting extends across the main channel and about 125 feet beyond the channel to the east and west.

Steve Jiles, the state Department of Transportation and Development's district administrator, says a safety advisory could be in place for about three months or until a contract is awarded to chip away any remaining loose concrete.

Jiles says DOTD officials have not received any reports of injuries from the falling concrete pieces.

Sheron Faulk, owner of Ship to Shore Co., says local authorities have encouraged boaters to pass under the middle of the bridge where protective netting was placed.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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