LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says the Moss Bluff draw bridge is safe. DOTD Officials said in the eighties a methane gas leak, under water, caused the pilings to rupture under pressure. The DOTD conducted a survey of the structure which showed the other pilings, that are still intact, could support the daily traffic load. DOTD officials said while the pictures showing the crumbling pilings may look bad, the bridge is structurally sound.
Currently there are no plans to replace the forty year old bridge, but there are plans to expand the five lane highway in Westlake and connect it to Highway 378 in Moss Bluff. That plan calls for the bridge to be replaced. According to Governor Bobby Jindal's office, such a project would require state capital outlay funding, which would have to be requested by the Southwest Louisiana legislative delegation at the state's fiscal budget session.