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Mystery sewer line problem closes busy street

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Posted: Jul 31, 2014 10:32 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jul 31, 2014 10:32 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- Public works crews are likely going to work overnight and into Friday morning trying to make repairs to a mysterious sewer line failure that was discovered earlier Thursday.

The work requires demolition to part of Burbank Drive to allow crews to get to the pipes under the busy street. So, Burbank has lane closures near the Old Front Nine.

Westbound lanes are shifted over where eastbound lanes are down to one to allow two-way traffic in the two open lanes of the street. The lane shift is from Nicholson Drive to Parker.

Wastewater is not flowing through the lines and line managers are not sure why. They hope to be able to figure it out and make repairs in the next couple of hours.

The system is undergoing a more than $1 billion upgrade. The project is delayed and will likely not be finished for another two years.

The emergency road closure on Burbank and the line repairs won't take nearly that long. The road is expected to open Friday, but crews could not give an exact time.
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