The bridge on South John Hardy Drive in Abbeville has been closed since Nov. 30. The state made the decision to close the bridge following an inspection.
Abbeville to have bridge on South John Hardy Dr. repaired
Abbeville officials learned on Nov. 30 that one of the most heavily trafficked bridges in the city had to be closed.
An inspection by the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) of the bridge on South John Hardy led to the state closing it that afternoon.
“We’re still trying to get over the initial shock of DOTD closing a bridge that is so heavily used,” Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said this week, “without any prior notification to the city.”
With that, the City Council took action during Tuesday’s regular meeting to move on getting the bridge reopened. The council reviewed multiple options.
After hearing potential plans from Kim Touchet of Primeaux, Touchet & Associates, the council voted on the option that will replace deficient superstructure and substructure elements with treated timber piles, caps and wingwalls. The estimated cost of the work is $70,000 and will give the bridge a life span of 20 to 25 years. Once started, the work is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.
“We have some initial agreements with (Vermilion Parish) Police Jurors who represent that area to help cover portions of the cost,” Piazza said.
Ronald Darby and Paul Bourgeois are the jurors who will share in the cost of the project.
“We want to thank both of them,” Piazza said. “We very much appreciate anything that they are willing to contribute.”