CROWLEY – The bridge work on La. 13 that has been causing motorists headaches for over a year is still slated to open in December of this year according to officials with the Department of Transportation and Development. The date cannot come quick enough for some Crowley residents.
“I sure hope that Crowley High students won’t have to use that darn detour by the end of next year,” said Kathy Melancon as she sipped her coffee at the local Waffle House. “As much as that bridge needed to be fixed I’m getting tired of it.”
Crowley residents have been patiently waiting for the bridge’s completion. The bridge work began in early 2007 to replace the previous two-lane bridge which was in deplorable condition.
The lack of a connection to the city sewerage system was also a factor in the decision to replace the bridge.
Among those most affected are the students at Crowley High School, whose trip to school has been slowed since the construction began.
“According to DOTD the bridge is still going to open in December,” said Crowley Mayor Greg Jones. “I sure hope that estimate holds true.”
Not all residents of Crowley feel optimistic.
“I’ve been working near these guys for the last eight months and I can’t believe that they’re still working on the north side of that canal,” said a nearby worker who wished to remain anonymous. “I know they said it was supposed to be finished by this time next year but I can’t see that happening.”
One worker at the sight, however, gave a much better outlook.
“I think we can be done by September,” he said. “We got a new superintendent in January and things have really started clicking since then.”