ROBERT, LA (WVUE) - One month after parish officials declared a state of emergency, contractors will complete the removal of a more than century-old train trestle that collapsed last fall into the Tangipahoa River at Robert.
Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the trestle removal should be completed this weekend, in spite of the challenge of high water levels at the river.
The circa-19th Century Warren Through Truss Bridge is being moved in pieces out of the river, where it fell last November.
Parish crews say the 94-ton bridge has been removed piece by piece from the river using cranes.
The fallen bridge posed a number of hazards. Parish officials said the trestle was accumulating debris floating downstream and creating a sort of dam that blocked water from flowing south. In addition, highway officials were concerned that the trestle was creating a potential for water pushing back onto US 190, which would threaten that critical east-west corridor bridge.
The cost to remove the trestle was $64,000.