Jackson St. Bridge to Close for Repairs

Bridge ClosureThe Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 9:00 am, the Gillis W. Long Bridge (also known as the Jackson Street Bridge), US 165-B over the Red River, will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic for approximately 100 days.  The purpose of this closure is to allow for bridge end abutment repair, approach slab repair, roadway relief joints, pavement panel replacement, guard rail replacement, replacement of steel grid deck, replacement of electrical components, replacement of sidewalk, span lock repair, lift span repair, and related work.

A public information meeting will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Alexandria City Hall located at 915 3rd Street, Alexandria, LA 71301.

Permit/Detour Section

Alexandria Suggested Detour

Jackson Street (LA 1203-A/ US 165) traffic is to detour onto Bolton Avenue (US 165/ LA 1/ LA 28), which then turns into Bringhurst Street, traffic is to exit onto Casson Street (LA 1/ LA 28 – North) then merging onto US 167 Pineville Expressway (Purple Heart Bridge).


Exit US 167 Pineville Expressway (Purple Heart Bridge) onto Winn Street (LA 1/ LA 28 – South) then turn right onto Bringhurst Street (LA 1/ LA 28/ US 165), which then turns into Bolton Avenue, traffic is to then exit onto Jackson Street (LA 1203-A/ US 165).

Pineville Suggested Detour

Main Street (US 165) traffic is to detour onto E. Shamrock Avenue (LA 1250) and then merge onto US 167 Pineville Expressway (Purple Heart Bridge).


Exit US 167 Pineville Expressway (Purple Heart Bridge) onto E. Shamrock Avenue (LA 1250) then exit onto Main Street (US 165).

No permitted loads will be allowed during the bridge closure.

Safety Reminder

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Additional Information

Call (318) 561-5100 or (800) 542-3509 or 511 or visit www.511LA.org for additional information.   Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website @ www.dotd.la.gov, the DOTD Facebook page or the LA DOTD Twitter page, @cenlatraffic for further information.

Project Contact

Steve Buskie, P.E.
Project Engineer – Rapides Parish
318-487-5717 (Office)
318-290-9040 (Cell)