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CPPJ: Progress made on Westlake bridge project

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) -

There's progress in a new bridge project in Westlake, according to Calcasieu Parish Police Jury officials.

Construction on the new bridge that travels on Miller Avenue began in late November.

Officials said so far, a series of concrete pilings have been installed. The pilings will support the new bridge. The old bridge was more than 50 years old and was supported by wooden pilings that were falling apart, officials said. 

"The old bridge, on a scale of 0 to 10, 10 being the worst, was a 10. We either needed to replace it or we were going to have to close it down," explained Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Hal McMillin. "The new bridge will be safer, stronger and wider."

According to McMillin, the new $1.5 million bridge is totally federally funded. "It is funded through the Off Bridge Program - a federal program to fund bridges that are off regular state highways. The condition of the old bridge met the criteria. The parish only had to put up a small amount of money. Because we qualified for the program it was fully funded," said McMillin.

"This new bridge and infrastructure also sets us up for all the expansions coming to this area ... With Sasol and everything else, this will be a heavily traveled area for people going to and from work in Westlake," McMillin said.

Contractors expect to wrap the job up by late April or early May.

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