Miller Ave. bridge in Westlake scheduled for reconstruction - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Miller Ave. bridge in Westlake scheduled for reconstruction

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WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) -

The railroad crossings are repaired, but more construction is heading to Westlake.

An old bridge off of Miller Avenue near Riverside Park and Grout's Marina is planned to be torn down and rebuilt.

"It's diminished over the years, and we've made several repairs," Calcasieu Parish Engineer Tim Conner said of the bridge.

The bridge was built in 1960 and the wood pilings supporting it are starting to diminish.

Conner said after multiple repairs were made to the bridge to support those pilings, no more can be done except to replace the bridge. 

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury received federal funding for 100 percent of the cost to replace the bridge, a total of $1.5 million. The new bridge will be made of concrete.

"It will be a much safer bridge and I believe everybody will be real pleased with it when we're through with it," Conner said.

He said reconstructing the Miller Avenue bridge is something that needs to be done.

Construction on the new bridge is expected to begin in November and will take six months to complete. The roadway will be properly signed with detours around the Miller Avenue area.

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