Discussions begin to reopen downtown levee

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Posted: Jun 2, 2011 4:44 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Jun 2, 2011 6:48 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Levee, Downtown, USS Kidd, LASM, Baton Rouge, Riverwalk

BATON ROUGE- The Department of Public Works is discussing a time line to reopen parts of the downtown levee to pedestrian and bike traffic.

Officials with DPW tell News 2 that once the go-ahead is given, the department would need eight to ten days to remove the Tiger Dams and sandbags on the levee before it would be reopened.

Some folks in the area are ready for the levee to open right away.

"You know after all it is a pretty sight out there and the Mississippi River is a drawing card for Baton Rouge I don't see why we can't enjoy it," said Robert Marks.

The closed levee is putting pressure on the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum and their popular star party that takes place near the museum on the levee.

"We're crossing our fingers that the levee will be open in time otherwise we will be disappointed and the public is disappointed when we can't have that event," said Kelly Spell with LASM.

At the USS Kidd, many folks are using the boat to get a closer look at the water, but while business is up, Maury Drummond, director at the Museum, says they're hopeful the levee will reopen in time for the Fourth of July celebration.

"We hope that everything is secure and safe but I think in downtown Baton Rouge the river is the centerpiece of what we do down here," said Drummond.

The levee south of Oklahoma street is operated by the Pontchartrain Levee District and would open independently of the downtown levee area.

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