Magnolia Bridge Construction Update

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Submitted by Rep. Richardson’s Office

Crews continue to set forms and install reinforcing steel for the next deck pour. This should take place the week of 9/26. Also, crews continue to set girders, forms, and cast caps to prepare for future pours.

The contractor has completed driving all piles. They have cast 22 of the 28 caps. They just completed the 2nd of 12 concrete pours for the bridge deck. For questions or comments, contact DOTD’s Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683) or e-mail The center is open 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also visit the project’s Web page by going to and clicking on "Projects" from the Programs & Projects section of the main menu on the left-hand side of the page and selecting the LA 64 Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project link. You can also follow the La. 64 Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project on Facebook. Again, we thank you for your feedback and patience during this construction. Additionally, at your convenience, please let us know how we are doing by filling out our Customer Service Survey.


  1. Another Central resident

    September 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Nice to see actual construction progress in a very timely manner. This company is an out of state company and so far is doing a fantastic job on this project and did a fantastic job on the Central Throughway Bridges. More and more local contractors are doing their best to try and make it to where only local contractors get the jobs because the out of town or out of state guys are kicking their butts at a lower cost with quicker construction.

  2. Keith Holmes

    September 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    How about an update on the Central Thru Way. I haven’t heard anything in quite sometime and haven’t seen anything going on for months.

  3. Another Central resident

    September 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    The last update I have seen was that Gilchrist won the paving project from Choctaw to Frenchtown Road. All the bridges in that area are complete as well as the paving job at Florida Blvd. Gilchrist is currently working on the bridges and earthwork from Frenchtown to Sullivan Road. I am not sure if they are complete but it looks to be close. The paving project should start soon since the project was let about a couple months ago. Since DOTD is handling the contracts, you can expect 4-6 months from letting to when work actually begins.

    I am not sure when the paving project from Frenchtown to Sullivan will be let. The existing bridge on GS Road east of Sullivan will have to be replaced. Also, DPW expects to close Frenchtown completely for at least a year but I would expect more to raise Frenchtown Road from Geo-Gees to just north of the Central Thruway for the Frenchtown and Central Thruway intersection.

  4. David Barrow

    September 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Actually, JB James Construction was awarded the paving contract on Central Thruway from Sullivans Bayou at S. Choctaw to Frenchtown Rd. This bid was opened on August 31. Gilchrist Construction was awarded the paving contract on the section from Frenchtown Rd to Greenwell Springs back at the end of June.

    The Frenchtown Rd intersection improvements are part of the contract that JB James was awarded. Frenchtown Rd will not be closed during this work. Detour lanes will be constructed. Additionally, a traffic signal will be installed as part of this work at this intersection.

    Mr. Freneaux requested information on this from me today, and I have provided him with information that he will be publishing about updates on this project.

  5. Another Central resident

    September 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Sorry got the two phases mixed up. Good to see DPW decided to go ahead and build the detour roads. Last time I met with them they didn’t want to spend the extra funds on detour roads and wanted to close Frenchtown.

    JB James is a good Construction Company. The should do a good job on the paving project.

    Not to happy about the traffic signal. I hate when new roads are built and they are littered with traffic signals that create delays.

    Now when is DPW going to let the Sullivan Road GLP Project.

  6. David Barrow

    September 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Originally, they wanted to construct the section of the Thruway from Florida Blvd to Frenchtown Rd and open that section up first. I opposed that and spoke with parish officials, along with some others, and they have agreed to not do that. That would dump all of that traffic onto Frenchtown. So, they will wait until the entire roadway is complete from Florida to Sullivan before opening it up.

    They will have to close Frenchtown when they build the new bridge near Geo-Je’s, but there is no set timetable on that.

    Also, the new signal will be synchronized to remain green on the Thruway until a car approaches on Frenchtown. It will have state of the art video detection to control the cycles and timings.

    The only concern that I have is that they are designing this as a 45 mph speed limit. I doubt the 45 mph limit will last. They will probably raise it to 55 like they did on Joor Rd. and on O’Neal Ln.

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