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Louisiana bridge over Mississippi closed after barge strike

October 12, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bridge over the Mississippi River in Louisiana has been closed indefinitely after it was struck by a barge carrying a crane in the river.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said in a release the Sunshine Bridge in Donaldsville was hit around 3 a.m. Friday. The agency said one of the main support beams suffered severe damage.

The department says it doesn’t know exactly what is needed to repair the bridge and how long it will take.

Department officials are using drones and other technology to inspect the bridge for additional damage.

Detours are in place and a second ferry is available to help with traffic congestion.

The Sunshine Bridge was opened in 1964 and was named for former Governor Jimmie Davis’s hit song “You Are My Sunshine.”

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