BIG LAKE W.M.A. BRIDGE RE-OPENS FOR PUBLIC USE
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is pleased to announce
that repairs to the Big Roaring Bayou bridge on Big Lake Wildlife
Management Area (WMA) have been completed, and the bridge is once again
open for public travel. Big Lake is a 19,231-acre WMA owned by LDWF and
located in Tensas, Franklin and Madison parishes in northeast Louisiana.
The 190 foot one-lane bridge provides access to the southern half of the
WMA, as well as a large portion of the adjacent Tensas River National
Wildlife Refuge. Local residents also use the bridge to get to La. Hwy
A bridge inspection report had revealed critical deficiencies in the
timber sub-structure of the bridge. "In consideration of public safety
issues, we had no choice but to close the bridge," said Reggie Wycoff,
biologist supervisor of the LDWF regional office in Ferriday. "After high
rainfall events and during spring backwater flooding, there can be a
tremendous volume of water flowing under this bridge. Had the bridge
collapsed under a vehicle during a high-water event, we could easily have
had a tragic loss of life."
Shiloh Contractors, Inc. of Shreveport was awarded the repair contract
after submitting the low bid of $49,485. C. Keith Capdepon of Newellton
provided engineering services. Repair activities consisted of removing
portions of the concrete decking, driving new pilings, replacing the
decking, then bolting cross-braces to the new pilings. The northern
headwall of the bridge was completely reconstructed. A load limit of 15
tons will be posted on the bridge, along with the new warning signs on the
approaches to the bridge.
For more information, contact Reggie Wycoff or John Leslie in the Ferriday
LDWF office at 318/757-4571.
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