- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - A protected species of bird has caused the state to terminate the contract to rehabilitate the Jimmie Davis Bridge between Shreveport and Bossier City.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said in a news release Monday the $23.4 million contract PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. has been terminated over a disagreement on how to deal with federally-protected cliff swallows living in the structure.

The Jimmie Davis Bridge was built in 1968 and serves approximately 21,500 motorists per day crossing the Red River.

The project included re-decking, making structural repairs, installing lighting and painting the bridge purple.

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