Susan Stafford

Alpsroad.net

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development seeks input on the new color for the Jimmie Davis Bridge that connects Shreveport-Bossier over the Red River.

Construction begins today on a $20.4 million bridge replacement that connects Shelby County, Texas, with DeSoto Parish. The Sabine River Bridge links Logansport, La., with Joaquin, Texas. An effort to replace the 78-year-old bridge began with public meetings in the 1980s.

Logansport mayor Katherine Freeman, 73, was there, and she said over the decades it was always money that held back the project. But another sticking point, according to Freeman, was in the design of the bridge itself. Logansport residents pushed to have two bridges built. In the end, they got their wish.

Louisiana public officials met at the Port of Caddo-Bossier this week for a public forum seeking input on the district 4 draft highway program for 2013-2014. The annual event had a low turnout. The joint legislative committee that prioritizes highway construction presided over testimony, with an opening presentation from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.