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Jimmy Davis Bridge to get makeover

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Jimmie Davis Bridge will soon have a new look.

The bridge will be painted purple after a vote of residents. Blue was the second choice of color followed by red.

The painting of the bridge is just part of the renovations that will cause the bridge to be closed for a year, beginning at the start of 2015. Other renovations include installing lighting, re-decking the bridge and structural repairs.

The bridge connects Shreveport and Bossier City over the Red River.

State transportation officials want drivers to start thinking about other ways to cross the river. The Department of Transportation and Development says some alternative routes include the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge, Texas Street Bridge and the I-20/I-220 interstate systems.

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