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Large construction hole concerns BR neighbors

4 years ago September 21, 2010 Sep 21, 2010 Tuesday, September 21 2010 Tuesday, September 21, 2010 8:44:21 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

A giant hole is draining one neighborhood of its comfort in south Baton Rouge.  That hole is untouched, unprotected, and it's been that way for months.
The Department of Public Works officials said it's their project but the contractor's hole, and a permit from the railroad company is putting both on hold.

Michelle Wunsch said it might seem like a neighborhood pond, but it's nothing more than a serious problem for her and her neighbors.

"It's just unsightly. It's disgusting. It stinks. It fills up with water when it rains," said Wunsch.

It's a construction hole at the end of West Grant Street.  There's clear intentions for drainage improvements in place but no clear end in sight.

"They were working every day, all day long, and they had some big back hoes over there, and they just left all the equipment here and just didn't come back," said Wunsch.

Since then, the area has grown over. The chain-linked fence around it has folded over, and its plastic replacement is pushed down, leaving the hole open to anyone.

"Kids walk home from school this way, and they could easily fall in, get hurt," said Wunsch. "There's little kids that like to play on the edge of it."

DPW said the area is the last of a $5 million three-part project that's been stalled by paperwork.  Wunsch said the scene looks more dismissed than delayed.

"They should know what's going on with the projects that they're working on," said Wunsch. "I mean, they haven't been out here in a long time."

DPW has ordered the project contractors to better secure the hole in the morning.  As for completeing the hole, there's no time frame on when the permit from the railroad company will be approved to finish the job.  However, once the okay comes in, DPW expects the project to wrap in three months.

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