Road Closure: Jackson St. Bridge

Jackson Street Bridge; Rapides Parish; Hwy 165-B;
Bridge #08400150100111; Project H.000579; Control Section 015-01

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that beginning on Saturday March 15th , 2014 at 7:00 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 until Sunday March 16th 2014 at 6:00 PM . The purpose of this closure is to allow for the replacement of electrical components which will require the bridge to remain in the raised position.

The public is advised to use the suggested detours listed below and avoid the O.K. Allen Bridge if at all possible. This will alleviate congestion and travel time.

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.

Additional Information

Call (318) 561-5100 or (800) 542-3509 or 511 or visit for additional information.   Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website @, 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)


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