Bids are scheduled to be open for the Burnett Road bridge replacement at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 at St. Francisville Town Hall, and Mayor Billy D’Aquilla told the Board of Aldermen at the Nov. 24 meeting that work will begin after the first of the year.

According to Professional Engineering Consultants Corp., which is consulting on the project for the town, the bridge is scheduled to be replaced and new sidewalks added to the area.

PEC engineer Bianca Hillhouse told the board when the work begins, the road will be closed to through traffic during the duration of the project, which she estimated to be at least five months.

The project is being funded from a capital outlay from the State Legislature of $535,000. Almost $90,000 will been spent on a structural and environmental studies for the bridge as well as design work for a new structure. A little more than $455,000 remains which should be sufficient to cover the project, Hillhouse said.

“We’re very fortunate we got the capital outlay from the Legislature,” D’Aquilla said.

Hillhouse also updated the board on the progress of the replacement water well on Prosperity Street. She said because of the odd configuration of the property where the old well is and where the new well will be constructed, two small tracts — one roughly .12 acres and another .07 acres — will have to be acquired for the proper servitude.

Attorney Jesse Means said the legal descriptions of the two land strips are necessary before further action can be taken.