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Thousands vote to "Pick the Paint" for Jimmie Davis Bridge

Posted: Updated: April 2, 2014 11:24 AM CDT
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Swatches of the colors available to choose from in the "Pick the Paint" poll. (Source: Louisiana DOTD) Swatches of the colors available to choose from in the "Pick the Paint" poll. (Source: Louisiana DOTD)
(Source: LaDOTD) (Source: LaDOTD)
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has received thousands of votes so far in the "Pick the Paint" campaign for the Jimmie Davis Bridge.

The bridge that connects Shreveport and Bossier City is slated to get a facelift, and the public is being asked to pick the new paint color.

Currently, DOTD has received over 2,700 votes from the public, and so far, with more than 34 percent of the vote, purple is in the lead with blue and red following behind.

The Louisiana DOTD launched "Pick the Paint," a campaign to get citizens to vote on the paint, on March 7. The public has until May 2nd to determine the new color of the bridge.

The DOTD announced that this fall, bids will be taken for a project to rehabilitate the bridge. A complete closure of the bridge will be necessary for crews to safely and quickly perform work, once it is underway, DOTD officials said.

Real estate agent Sherry Stapf-Tolisano said it's about time. "I think people get the wrong impression of South Bossier because that bridge is such an eyesore," she said.

Stapf-Tolisano, whose office is located near the bridge, said she is excited about the improvements and doesn't think the construction will negatively affect her business because they don't depend on foot traffic.

The $15 to $20 million project will involve re-decking, performing structural repairs, installing lighting and painting the bridge, the DOTD stated in a press release. The repairs will improve the quality of the rides for the 21,500 motorist that cross it daily. It will also extend the life of the bridge, the DOTD said.

"The bridge is pitiful now, it's rusty looking and it needs painting," said Foster Campbell, a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, owns a South Bossier insurance company by the bridge. "It's going to be inconvenient for a lot of people, but progress has to be made, sometimes people are inconvenienced for a while but it's something that needs to be done," said Campbell.

Citizens will be able to vote for their favorite color of paint for the bridge on the DOTD's website or the "Pick the Paint" Facebook page. The site was launched on Friday and 1,600 votes have already been cast, said DOTD spokeswoman Susan Stafford.

Color choices include blue, purple, green, gold, gray, orange and red.

Bids for the bridge work will be taken in October. Construction is expected to begin in early 2015 and take about one year to complete.

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