Woodlake Drive Bridge over Jones Creek and near South Harrell’s Ferry Road has been closed because of “critical deficiencies,” said the East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works Friday in a news release.
Department of Transportation and Development inspectors found several deficiencies during an inspection of the bridge and alerted DPW officials who have closed the bridge to the public.
The bridge was expected to be closed within the next few weeks, to allow for a scheduled replacement.
Tom Stephens, a chief engineer with the city-parish, said the replacement of the 240-foot bridge is scheduled to last about nine months.
The construction contract is about $2 million, Stephens said.