River Road to partially reopen next month

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Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:26 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 9, 2012 10:26 AM
Source: Corps of Engineers

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BATON ROUGE - The Corps of Engineers said repairs to a portion of River Road affected by record-level flooding on the Mississippi River are taking longer than expected, but they could re-open it on a limited basis next month.

The roadway is an important corridor for traffic leaving LSU football games, and leads to the new L'Auberge Casino on the levee south of Baton Rouge.

River Road has been shut down near Duncan Point since last November for an $8.85 million project. The Corps moved the road bed and built a seepage berm to prevent sand boils which popped up during the historic flooding. It was expected to re-open last month.

Today Corps spokesperson Ricky Boyett said the road should be open on weekends beginning Sept. 1, and they expect to fully open when contractors finish up eight weeks later.

He said they were in close contact with the state Department of Transportation and Development as well as the Pontchartrain Levee District, and would provide updates and notifications should anything change.

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