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In the event that you have yet to have to alter your travel plans due to the necessary closure of one of Louisiana's many bridges, just hold on. Your day is coming.

Officials are closing the LA 538 bridge over Caddo Lake in Mooringsport tomorrow, June 30, to do routine bridge inspection, and they plan to close one lane of another LA 538 bridge this Friday, June 2.

From 7:00 am until 3:00 pm on June 2, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will close one lane of the LA 538, or Old Mooringsport Road, bridge over Twelve Mile Bayou, for those same routine bridge inspections.  This bridge is approximately 0.75 miles north of LA 3049 (Dixie Shreveport Road)

According to the LaDOTD, this lane closure will allow vehicles 16 feet wide or smaller to pass through the bridge inspection zone. Larger vehicles must detour using LA 3049 to US 71 north to LA 538.

It's actually a good thing that Louisiana is inspecting these bridges so heavily, because in a news report we see from wafb.com,

According to USDOT, 1,634 bridges and 3,411 miles of roads across Louisiana are in “poor” condition. It is a statistic that has largely led to the state receiving a D+ on the White House’s infrastructure report card.

As you can see by our D+ White House grade, the roads and bridges here are in dire need of repairs. Hopefully these inspections will lead to those repairs and ultimately, if they save the life of even one person, our slow downs or re-routing will be certainly worth the trouble.

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