Posted: Nov 10, 2011 4:01 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2011 4:01 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - Levee officials closed a portion of River Road near Duncan Pointe today in order to repair damage caused during historic flooding this past spring on the Mississippi River.
The $8.85 million project requires the road to be closed for around four months while crews move the road bed and build a seepage berm to prevent sand boils that popped up during the recent flooding.
"This area has been identified as the New Orleans Districts' most critical area in terms of potential loss of life and economic damage," said Durund Elzey, senior project manager for the New Orleans Mississippi River & Tributaries System. "We have expedited repairs to this area so that we will be prepared for the next high-water season."
The closure this portion of River Road will have an impact on the traffic flow following LSU's football games against Western Kentucky on Nov. 12 and Arkansas on Nov. 25.