ST. FRANCISVILLE — St. Francisville Mayor Billy D’Aquilla told the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday that West Feliciana Parish officials have agreed to repair the damaged bridge that has closed Burnett Road to through traffic.
Burnett Road runs between U.S. 61 and Commerce Street.
D’Aquilla said parish officials have agreed to affix supporting pylons to the existing bridge to strengthen the structure. That’s the least expensive solution until a new bridge can be designed and built, he said. The parish has agreed to charge the city by the day for the pylon work.
The bridge was closed last month because its wooden foundation had deteriorated. It eventually needs to be replaced.
“This bracing will be a temporary fix,” D’Aquilla said.
D’Aquilla said the city has secured $535,000 in capital outlay funds from the state Legislature for a new bridge to be designed and built.
“We’re basically putting a Band-Aid on it until we can rebuild the bridge with the state money,” said D’Aquilla, who also said it might take a year and a half for the new bridge to be designed and built.
The board also discussed the progress of efforts to limit Royal Street to one-way traffic. Alderman Abby Cochran said meetings have been ongoing with consultants, allowing people for and against the issue an opportunity to make their opinions known before a recommendation is brought to the board.
Also, St. Francisville Chamber of Commerce Director Kerry Everitt reminded the board of several upcoming meetings scheduled to solicit input on the future of the Chamber. The community gatherings are scheduled Oct. 23, Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 at the West Feliciana Parish Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ongoing planning sessions are scheduled Oct. 16, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the library. Call (225) 635-6717 to RSVP.