Parish President Pat Brister, and St. Tammany Parish Council Vice Chairman, Mike Lorino (District 14), are urging St. Tammany residents to submit comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed changes to the Tchefuncte River drawbridge operating schedule which would restrict bridge openings during peak evening traffic hours. The comment period is now open and will be open until July 16, 2018. Residents who wish to weigh in can submit comments here .
“Your voice is critically important in order for changes to occur to the traffic challenges in this area,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are working closely with the Federal Government and the U.S. Coast Guard, so this is the time to make your voice heard, especially if the current bridge closure schedule impacts your travel time.”
“We need our residents to take a moment and offer your comments on these proposed changes,” said Lorino. “The more feedback officials receive, the greater the chance of seeing permanent change. We have heard residents voice their concern over the traffic issues because of this bridge, and we are in the next phase of making changes for the better happen, so your input is vitally important. Please take this opportunity to comment.”
In 2016, The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and Town of Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat, implemented changes to the drawbridge opening schedule as well as traffic study. The entire scope of proposed changes can be viewed here .