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Flood of concern over Eden Church Road work

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Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:53 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Jan 8, 2013 5:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Eden Church Road, Denham Springs, WBRZ, flooding, construction, Drainage District

DENHAM SPRINGS - A road project halted in Livingston Parish after new construction created flooding problems.

Eden Church Road, a busy through way between Florida Blvd. and Lockhart Rd. in Denham Springs, sees heavy traffic on a daily basis.

Construction on the road began in 2010 when the Louisiana Department of Transportation awarded a grant to the parish to fix a dangerous curve in the road. The project was scheduled for completion by Thanksgiving 2012, but now two months later the project is on hold to address a problem created by construction.

"They're fighting over who's responsible for the flooding in the road," said resident Mary Crum. "They just halted the project."

During excessive rainfall, ditches along the road flood over the roadway.

"Apparently there's something wrong with the design," said another resident.

The Drainage District says the road was constructed two feet lower than originally planned, which may add to the flooding problem.

"When you drop the road two feet in some places, that causes us concern," said Drainage District Engineer Jason Harris. "Especially as a citizen traveling the road four to five times a day."

The parish council hired a third party engineering firm to review the design and construction. After the review, problems to the drainage system will be addressed.

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