Moss Bluff draw bridge causes concern - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Moss Bluff draw bridge causes concern

MOSS BLUFF, LA (KPLC) -

THE FOLLOWING IS A NEWS REPORT BY KPLC IN 2010:

The Moss Bluff draw bridge, built back in the late 1960s, is showing its age.

A concerned citizen contacted KPLC about the stability of the bridge. Three or four pilings are cracked, and crumbling.

The state DOTD said the bridge is safe. 

The DOTD also said federal dollars are available for replacing the bridge and building a five-lane highway extension between Westlake and Moss Bluff. But nothing can be done until the state can come up with the matching funds.

State Representative Brett Geymann said he has been working for years to get something done.

"I don't think you have to be an engineer to look at those pictures, and not have concern," Geymann said. "It's very, very scary to me, to see that."

In the 1980s, an underwater methane gas leak caused the pilings to rupture under pressure, according to DOTD officials.

The DOTD said a survey of the structure showed the other pilings, the ones still intact, can support the daily traffic load. The officials said while the pictures of the crumbling pilings may look bad, the bridge is structurally sound.

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