DOTD provides update on Cheniere Lake dam and bridge project, Ouachita Parish
Thursday, February 08, 2024 at 2:15:05 PM

DOTD provides update on Cheniere Lake dam and bridge project, Ouachita Parish

WEST MONROE – Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development provided an update on the ongoing project to replace the Cheniere Lake bridge and spillway on LA 3033 in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish.

The $16.5 million project, which involved completely removing the existing spillway and previously connected bridge structures, is now nearing completion.

The has contractor completed pouring the concrete approach slabs – which require a minimum 14 day curing time - for the new roadway that connects to the newly constructed bridge. Additionally, in the coming days as conditions allow, asphalt work on the roadway itself will begin.

Other remaining work includes roadway striping, permanent signage, and barrier rail installation. The roadway striping is done using a material called thermoplastic and is weather dependent, and cannot be installed in temperatures below 50 degrees.

It’s important to note that both the concrete barrier rail and asphalt operations are also strictly limited by weather. The contractor is working continuously in order to prepare to perform these operations as soon as all conditions are appropriate.

DOTD anticipates being able to open the bridge on LA 3033 in late March 2024, with progress dependent on weather conditions.

Cheniere Lake, which is managed by the Ouachita Parish Police Jury, is now full and water is flowing over the newly constructed weir. Please be reminded not to cross the buoy system that is in place, as the area inside this perimeter closer to the spillway is not considered safe for boating or swimming. For more information on the buoy system, please contact the OPPJ at (318) 327-1340.

Additional information:

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Contact information:

Erin Buchanan
Public Information Officer
Monroe District
(318) 549-8402

Cheniere Lake spillway & bridge project on LA 3033, West Monroe, Ouachita Parish.

(Photo source: LA DOTD)