Baton Rouge plans to fill large hole in sidewalk
BATON ROUGE - A large hole in the middle of a downtown sidewalk could soon be filled.
It's located on North 7th St. in between Main St. and North St.
The hole is actually an old utility box owned by AT&T. The company decommissioned it and sealed the box, but now a tree root growing under the box is creating the hole.
Residents said it's been that way for six years. They stopped complaining to the city after nothing was done, but after a News 2 report on Friday, the city has taken action.
Public Works Interim Deputy Director Carey Chauvin said the hole will be filled in with cement as soon as AT&T gives him permission, and he acknowledged the hole should have been filled sooner.
"Obviously it shouldn't take that long. Realizing that gives us an opportunity to go back and evaluate our processes," said Chauvin.
As far as handling similar problems in the future, Chauvin said the city has streamlined it's 311 complaint system to ensure problems like this will be quickly addressed in the future.