DOTD: Close N. Flannery Bridge

DOTD:  Close N. Flannery Bridge
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 4:45pm

City-parish Public Works officials received notice early Tuesday afternoon from state Department of Transportation and Development bridge inspectors that the North Flannery Bridge over Lively Bayou must be closed to traffic due to critical deficiencies.

Under DOTD maintenance rules, the city-parish has 24 hours from the DOTD notification to close the bridge, but Public Works officials moved quickly Tuesday afternoon to shut it down as quickly as possible.

The structure is one of 78 bridges scheduled for replacement under Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden’s proposed bond issue. Prior to the inspection, the bridge was rated a 4 on the National Bridge Inspection Index, but is now considered too dangerous to remain open to traffic.

The bridge was constructed in 1965 using timber structural elements. The bridge has an average daily traffic volume of approximately 13,000 cars per day.

DPW employees will immediately inspect the bridge to quantify the deficiencies to determine if the bridge can be repaired or must be replaced. Additional information regarding the condition of the bridge will be released by DPW tomorrow at noon.

Alternate routes are N. Sherwood Forest Boulevard to S. Choctaw Drive to Florida Boulevard.

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