Levee repairs close River Road for months
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.
- All vehicles traveling south on River Road following the games will be forced to make a left turn onto Brightside Drive. Vehicles will then travel to Nicholson Drive where they may turn southbound onto Nicholson.
- Vehicles in the Hayfield Lot on Gourrier Avenue will be forced to exit east bound on Gourrier toward Nicholson Drive. Vehicles will not be allowed to travel west on Gourrier toward River Road.
- The intersection at Gourrier Avenue and River Road will be closed. No vehicles on River Road will be allowed to turn onto Gourrier Avenue.
- Traffic patterns on Skip Bertman Drive and River Road will remain the same.
- There will be no change in the exit patterns for the Levee Lots on River Road.
- There will be no contraflow on River Road going south from Gourrier to Brightside.