Lafayette

Mar 16, 2011 8:19 PM by Maddie Garrett

Milton Bridge Closing Again, This Time for 2 Months

More major road construction is coming to Highway 92, with the Milton Bridge closing for over two months on Thursday. It's the third road construction project happening right now on the highway.

"It's kind of like any place you want to pass on 92 right now to pretty much avoid, find another way to go," said George Broussard, owner of Wa-Wee's on the River.

Many drivers and business owners call the bridge a life line for the surrounding communities, and worry the closure will hurt business.

"It's just an inconvenience. I've heard everybody complain," said Milton resident James Picard.

The Milton Bridge was closed not even a month ago, but Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said during the last project they found even more problems with the machinery that lifts the bridge open. Now they have to go back in for a second round of construction."

Broussard said the warmer weather means business should be picking up, but now he's preparing for a decrease. He said the last time the bridge was closed, business was cut in half. And he's not the only one.

"They don't want to drive an extra 10 miles to come around," said Damon Landry, owner of Landry's Service Center.

Landry's auto shop is next to the Milton Bridge. And like many business owners, he's buckling down for another round of hard times.

"Just have to grin and bare it, there's not much I can do about it," said Landry.

Broussard said if it gets too slow at his place, he has a plan to try and save money on operating costs.

"I may close more days out of the week, working with less people, cut people's hours. I don't know, it's kind of we'll see," said Broussard.

DOTD said construction should be finished in 10 weeks. The project will cost roughly $2 million.

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