Part of Lovett Road to Close Beginning This Friday

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From the City of Central

Lovett Rd between Joor Rd and Prairie Drive will be closed starting Friday, July 22 to replace the bridge over Shoe Creek. This will be a complete road closure for approximately 8 weeks. The contractor advised us this morning that all utilities have been moved, and they have been given the notice to proceed with the project. This closure date is weather permitting.


  1. Another Central resident

    July 18, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Who is the contractor?

  2. David Barrow

    July 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    The contractor is Industrial Enterprises. This project was bid and being handled through DOTD in conjunction with the City-Parish Department of Public Works as part of DOTD’s off-road bridge program.

  3. Another Central resident

    July 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks for the info. I will be surprised if that project is done in 8 weeks. Industrial can be an ornery group to deal with. Not bad contractors but can be very difficult to work with. I hope DPW and DOTD has verified that every utility is completely out of the way. Been around too many projects where utilities had relocated but didn’t move far enough and had to relocate again once construction started.

    Hoping for the best for the people who live in that area. The people of Greenwell Springs Road (Sullivan to Magnolia Bridge Road) have been dealing with an overlay job that should have taken no more than 90 days and we are now on month 9.

  4. Alton R Ashford

    July 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Traffic will be a nightmare when school starts. ACR the number of orange cones has decreased significantly in the past week on GSR. I think the guard rail/canal near Frog’s may be the last significant project left. Seems like yesterday(9 months) we were talking about the freezing weather in Jan slowing the asphalt application.

  5. Bo Sheridan

    July 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Why have they not posted any signs up yet around the bridge saying they are going to close it….tomorrow?

  6. Another Central resident

    July 21, 2011 at 11:29 am


    It probably means the contractor is already behind on his schedule.

    Like GS Road mentioned earlier. The work the contractor is doing now by extending drainage structures to add guardrail should have been designed and in place before the project was ever let. In the sequence of construction those items should have been done first before the existing road pavement was removed and replaced. After the drainage was finished then the overlay should have taken place. Another case of poor planning and execution by DOTD.

    Good luck local residents.

  7. Bo Sheridan

    July 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I pass on this bridge twice a day, to and from work.
    i will keep everyone posted on the “real” date of closure!

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