Sep 24, 2013 2:29 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Residents who lived without their neighborhood bridge for years are now three weeks into using a new and improved bridge in Crowley. The Avenue H bridge, approximately 80 feet long, shut down four to five years ago, according to Mayor Greg Jones. ""It was condemned. The spans were shot. They were done," he said.
Lack of money is the reason rebuilding took years. Construction costs totalled about $1 million, but the city only generates about $1.2 million a year from a road tax.
Rep. Jack Montoucet, D-Crowley, and Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish, R-Jennings, helped secure about $900,000 in state funds to help construct the bridge. It serves about 50 homes, and although residents didn't have to detour far - a few block to reach their neighborhood - the mayor said, "I'm glad they got it back."
Without help from lawmakers, the Acadia Parish Police Jury and the city of Crowley's administration, a new, safer bridge would not have come to frution.
The Avenue H Bridge sits at South Avenue H over Bayou Blanc.