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Bearings removal on the Lea Joyner Bridge

Posted: Updated: June 14, 2013 06:35 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Typically when we see the Lea Joyner Bridge up this means one thing,late to work but over the next month and a half this sight is a safety measure by the DOTD.

Workers are removing and replacing the most crucial mechanism in the 78 year old Lea Joyner bridge according to Marshal Hill the district administrator for the DOTD.

"Well these baring are the ones that holds a million pound counter weight that helps the bridge opening so these barrings are a lot of weight on them a lot of pressure on them" says Hill.

 This is the first time the bearings will be replaced on the bridge. This will ensures a safe opening and closing of the draw portion of the bridge. Along with the bearings they're also replacing the entrance to the bridge on both sides. Marshall Hill says everything is running on schedule.

 "The contract we have we are very lucky because they are done this before they were prepared and had discussed the same things they saw. Like there was a problem with one of them not being perfectly round but this is things have seen before and they were prepared for it and they are going to fix it" says Hill.

With everything on track and the bridge is set to re open drives can be assured their regular commutes will be back to normal and safe.

 

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