May 9, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed the existing bridge on the East-West Road on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area to all vehicular traffic until further notice. The Ouachita Parish Police Jury recently inspected the bridge and found it to be in need of major repairs.
Due to the age of the bridge, LDWF has decided to demolish the existing bridge and replace it with metal culverts. The project should be completed well before the 2014 fall hunting seasons and vehicle traffic will be allowed to resume as usual once the project is completed.
The public will be allowed to continue using the East-West Road, located south of I-20, from its junction with the main road to the west end of the condemned bridge. However, vehicle traffic from the bridge east to the end of the East-West road will not be allowed until completion of the project.
Russell Sage WMA is located in Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland Parishes, approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville. Access is provided by U.S. Hwy. 80 and I-20, which bisect the area. Interior, all-weather roads are maintained by the department.
For more information, contact Jerald Owens or Charles Booth at 318-343-4044.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.