BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Drivers who use Linton Rd. over Cypress Black Bayou no longer have to detour now that a new bridge over the reservoir was officially opened to traffic Friday afternoon.

The road reopened shortly after 4 p.m. Friday following a $5 million project that began in April of 2021. The project included the removal and replacement of the old bridge and the construction of a new retaining wall and drainage structures.

The year-long project caused some frustrations for local drivers who were forced to take routes that took them 20 minutes out of their way. The project was further delayed when the pandemic and supply chain issues caused global shipping and manufacturing issues.

The bridge is owned and maintained by the Bossier Parish Police Jury.

“This is wonderful for all the people who live in the areas around the lake,” Bossier Parish Administrator Butch Ford said in a Facebook post. “We appreciate their patience and understanding while this project was being completed. And one of the great things is the contractor was able to finish before the schools open this year.”

DOTD urges drivers to continue to drive carefully through the area as crews put the finishing touches on the project. Those traveling along the road are asked to watch for work crews and equipment that may remain on site.