April 11, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened access to Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) via the Poole Road Bridge following reconstruction of the structure.
The old wooden bridge previously at this location had a three-ton weight limit and had been closed repeatedly over the last several years when high water threatened public safety.
During the summer of 2010, Bossier Parish and Petrohawk Energy entered into an agreement in which the parish provided the design and permitting for the new bridge construction and Petrohawk funded the removal of the old structure and construction of the new bridge. Construction started on this project in October 2010 and was completed in late March of 2011. The new bridge is a concrete two-lane bridge that can withstand heavy traffic and will be a noticeable improvement to Loggy Bayou WMA users.
In addition to the new bridge, those using Loggy Bayou WMA will notice significant improvements to other portions of the WMA as well. Further improvements will be ongoing over the next several months, as an agreement between LDWF and a pipeline company will result in additional road improvements as well as improvements to the boat launch access and parking area.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) staff worked in conjunction with Petrohawk and its affiliates to develop solutions to allow natural gas exploration activity in Loggy Bayou WMA, while minimizing impacts to the WMA.
The public is advised that higher than normal traffic is to be expected on the WMA over the next several months due to drilling and completion operations. Additional road construction and improvement projects will result in extra traffic as well. Further improvements to the boat launch access road and parking area will result in a short temporary loss of access to the launch at some point when those construction activities take place.
For more information on Loggy Bayou WMA, contact Jeff Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-371-3050.
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