MADISONVILLE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces an emergency closure of the Tchefuncte River Bridge on La. 22 in Madisonville, La., due to a mechanical failure that occurred approximately one hour ago. The bridge is closed to marine and vehicular traffic in both directions.
The swing bridge was attempting to open to marine traffic when a hydraulic line burst and left it stuck in the up position. DOTD engineers estimate the repair will take approximately three hours and anticipate reopening the structure around 8 p.m., tonight.
Motorists may detour from the Causeway Bridge by taking U.S. Highway 190 to Interstate 12 westbound, to La. 21 southbound, to La. 1077, which runs into La. 22 east.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 930 miles of interstate and 13,000 bridges, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.
For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting www.511la.org. Out of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511)