Posted: Aug 4, 2012 6:03 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Aug 5, 2012 10:18 AM
BAYOU CORNE - La. 70 South will be shut down in the Pierre Part and Bayou Corne areas from 6 p.m. Saturday after officials discovered that a sinkhole caused a 36-inch natural gas pipeline to bend, according to John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Boudreaux says the pipeline crosses under the highway and would cause an explosion risk if it were to rupture. The pipleine has bent 16 feet downward and 15 feet to the east after the sinkhole developed Thursday, according to Boudreaux.
Residents living in Pierre Part must detour through Bayou Pigeon or Morgan City if they want to head north towards Baton Rouge.
-If traveling west on LA 70, alternate route will be north on LA 69, west on LA 404, south on LA 75, and south on LA 997 back to LA 70.
-If traveling east on LA 70, alternate route will be north on LA 997, north on LA 75, east on LA 404, and south on LA 69 back to LA 70.