Those traveling in North Bossier Parish around Cypress Lake were welcomed to a pleasant surprise over the weekend!

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After a little over a year of detours, the Linton Road bridge over Cypress Lake was finally reopened to public traffic.

From Bossier Parish Police Jury
From Bossier Parish Police Jury

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development made the announcement just before 4:00 pm Friday, July 15, that the Linton Road Bridge over Black Bayou Reservoir in north Bossier Parish had been reopened to traffic following a full replacement project.

That $5 million project began in April 2021 and included the removal and replacement of the old bridge, as well as the construction of a new retaining wall and drainage structures.

According to Bossier Parish Administrator Butch Ford, "This is wonderful for the all the people who live in the areas around the lake." Ford added, "We appreciate their patience and understanding while this project was being completed. And one of the great things is the contractor was able to finish before the schools open this year."

Ford also noted that another fact that makes this project so good for Bossier Parish is the police jury and taxpayers did not have to come up with funding. "This was paid for under the Off-System Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement Program, with the money coming from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the state of Louisiana," he said. "We didn't have to put up any money. This is a great program."

Under the program, the FHWA provides 80 percent of the funds and the state contributes 20 percent.

Motorists are advised that final work items will be taking place so please drive cautiously through the area and be on the lookout for crews and equipment that may remain on site.

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