- Associated Press - Friday, November 10, 2017

GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - A bridge that was washed out after the historic August 2016 flooding in south Louisiana has been reopened to traffic.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says the Beaver Creek Bridge, known as the Greensburg Bridge in St. Helena Parish, reopened Friday to traffic on Louisiana 10 after motorists suffered through a 15-month wait while the structure was rebuilt.

WAFB-TV reports the $2.1 million project began in March but the bridge was deemed unsafe after the flood and demolished in December.

DOTD says the most significant damage was to the pile embedment, which serves to transfer loads to the subsurface of the bridge, making a main corridor in the parish impassable.

Officials say the new bridge is wider and has a 40-plus year lifespan.

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Information from: WAFB-TV, http://wafb.com

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