A reminder for those of you who drive between Alexandria and Pineville: get ready for possibly a longer commute.
Tomorrow through Thursday, the OK Allen Bridge will be closed for inspection from nine until three during the day.
The suggested detour is from Interstate 49 south to the Cottingham Expressway.
The full release from DOTD may be found below.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/9/14
Rapides Parish, US 71
Milepost 71.05, Bridge # 840-43-0125-1
Control section 840-43
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that Bridge number 840-43-0125-1, O. K. Allen Bridge, will be closed for inspection from 9:00 AM on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 until 3:00 PM on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 9:00 AM on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 until 3:00 PM on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, and 9:00 AM on Thursday, June 12, 2014 until 3:00 PM on Thursday, June 12, 2014. This Structure is on US 71 over Red River and is located 0.51 miles North of the junction of I-49 and US 71.
The road will be closed to all traffic while the inspection is being performed by LA DOTD personnel. Detour will be I-49 South to US 167 North (Cottingham Expressway) to US 71 North.
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the work site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.
Call (318) 561-5100 or (800) 542-3509 or 511 or visit www.511LA.org for additional information. Motorists may also monitor the LADOTD website @ www.dotd.la.gov, the DOTD Facebook page or the LADOTD Twitter page, @cenlatraffic for further information.
Mark Winn; District 08 Bridge Maintenance and Inspection Supervisor
(318) 561-5128, (318) 447-7688