River Road near Duncan Pointe closed for study

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Posted: May 23, 2011 3:12 PM by Russell Jones
Source: La. Dept. of Transportation and Development

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BATON ROUGE - A section of River Road in Baton Rouge that was closed last week will remain shut down as long as the Mississippi River stays high, according to highway officials.

Authorities closed River Road on Friday between Ben Hur Drive and the Farr Park Equestrian Center south of Brightside Drive. Farr Park has been the site of several sand boils since the Mississippi rose above flood stage in Baton Rouge.

Today, the Department of Transportation and Development said the Corps of Engineers needed to keep the road closed to continue their study of water seeping into the area. Duncan Pointe has been prone to seeping water for some time, and the Corps hopes their work will develop a permanent solution to the problem.

DOTD officials said there is still no threat of flooding or levee failure in that area.

People can detour around the area using Skip Bertman Drive on the north end and Gardere Lane on the southern end.

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