Entry to Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area will be restricted during the next several months while the bridge providing primary access will be closing to allow a new bridge to be constructed, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported today (Sept. 24).

Construction of a new bridge on Poole Road is slated to begin Oct. 1, with a completion by mid to late February, the agency said.

The existing wooden bridge in southeast Bossier Parish is currently load limited at three tons and has been closed for extended periods in recent years for repairs, limiting public access. Bossier Parish was recently approached by Petrohawk, an energy exploration and production company, with an offer to build a replacement bridge. When completed, the new bridge will be turned over to the parish.

Anyone planning to access Loggy Bayou WMA during construction should be aware that access to the WMA will be by boat or walk-in only. Walk-in access to the WMA is available either on the south end off Highway 71 or on the north end from Houghton Road off Highway 154.

Anyone accessing the WMA by boat should be aware that the construction activity will require a work barge to be in place in Flat River, preventing boat access across the construction area.