Over a dozen aging bridges in Lafayette Parish may have to be replaced.
According to the Advocate, LCG has approved contracts for geotechnical engineers to perform soil borings and tests at the site of each bridge. LCG Engineer Mitch Wyble tells KATC the project will take five to seven years to complete and they are still in the early stages of the project.
The seventeen bridges, located throughout the parish, cross a number of waterways including the Vermilion River.
The Advocate learned that most of the bridges scheduled for replacement were built in the 1970s and 80s with timber pilings.
The 17 bridges scheduled for replacements are located on the following roads:
Bayou Tortue Road
East Butcher Switch Road
East Martial Avenue
East Peck Boulevard
Rue des Etoiles Road
All of these bridges are open to traffic at this time.