Coco Road Bridge Replacement Begins Sept. 8

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

GEISMAR – Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez announced Wednesday parish crews will begin demolishing and removing the Coco Road Bridge on Monday, Sept. 8 and replace it with a new bridge made of box culverts.

Officials estimate the work will be completed within 8 weeks with weather permitting.

Coco Road is a single street running west off of La. 73. Coco Road is approximately a quarter mile north of the La. 73/La. 30 intersection.

Parish bridge inspectors closed the road in July for emergency bridge repairs after a thorough inspection revealed immediate work was necessary.

With the completion of the bridge replacement design and the construction of the box culverts, crews will begin tearing out the current bridge and forming up a foundation slab for the new box culverts.

Officials said after the foundation slab is complete, crews will install a double set of culverts, each measuring 60 feet long by 7 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

For access to homes west of the Coco Road Bridge, parish crews installed a temporary road connecting Coco Road and River Oaks Road. The temporary road runs along the western side of Jackie Robinson Park’s baseball field.