St. Tammany Parish officials are urging residents to comment on U.S. Coast Guard-proposed changes to the Tchefuncte River drawbridge's operating schedule.

The proposal would restrict bridge openings during peak evening traffic hours.

The deadline to comment is July 16 and comments can be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov referring to docket number USCG-2016-0963.

"Your voice is critically important in order for changes to occur to the traffic challenges in theis area," Parish President Pat Brister said in a prepared statement. She said residents should weigh in if the current bridge schedule affects their travel time.

Parish Councilman Mike Lorino echoed those comments, saying that the greater the amount of feedback, the greater the chance of seeing permanent change.

Madisonville officials had hoped to see restrictions during morning rush hour as well in efforts to improve traffic flow on Louisiana 22.

But the proposal would allow the bridge to open every 30 minutes on weekdays, on request, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. except for a two-hour period, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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