DOTD provides update on Black Bayou Bridge on LA 384 in Calcasieu Parish
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 2:12:32 PM
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development anticipates the Black Bayou Bridge on LA 384 over the Intracoastal Waterway is scheduled to return to normal operation in December 2021 following repairs to the apron motor.

The motor powers the apron on the south bridge end and allows motorists to safely enter and exit the bridge. In late October 2021, the motor malfunctioned due to extensive previous water and mud damage it sustained during Hurricane Laura.

The motor repaired and returned to service after the storm as a short-term option until a project to replace the motor could be delivered. Unfortunately, with over 700 average monthly bridge openings, the damage to the motor was too severe and resulted in this unscheduled downtime. The project to replace the motor and repair hurricane damages to the bridge is anticipated to begin in early 2022 and includes electrical and mechanical repairs.

Motorists may continue to use the Grand Lake Bridge as a detour route.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment. Call 511 or visit for additional information. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).