Funding finally arrives for Ave. H bridge
By: Howell Dennis
The Avenue H bridge in south Crowley has been a headache ever since it was shut down in 2007 after being declared unsafe by the Department of Transportation and Development. It has angered residents. Been an hot issue in several elections. And caused countless motorists to take detours.
Well, finally, help is on the way.
“We’ve been working on this thing for three or four years,” said State Representative Jack Montoucet. “It was on a list of bridges to be repaired on the Off System Bridge List but there were so many other bridges on that list I thought it would take forever.”
Montoucet and Senator Dan ‘Blade’ Morrish decided to approach Governor Bobby Jindal to see if the project could be added to the funding from the Capital Outlay Program’s ‘off system bridge funding’ which would speed up the repair work considerably. With Montoucet pushing the issue in the House and Morrish doing so in the Senate the project was eventually added to the program.
“This is the second example of what can happen when everybody works together,” said Montoucet in reference to the ULL/Cleco biofuels plant that is currently under construction. “We had a great team with Senator Morrish, Mayor Jones, Alderman Elliot Dore, Alderwoman Mary Melancon and Police Juror Kermit Richard working to get this done.”
Mayor Jones expressed relief that funding for the project had been obtained.
“We’ve been working on this thing for three or four years,” said Jones. “At times, it seems like it’s been two steps forward and one step back.”
When the bridge was declared unsafe, many people blamed it on motorists using the bridge as a shortcut to avoid the John N. John Bridge.