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Southdowns may have to reroute parade

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Posted: Jan 31, 2013 11:03 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Jan 31, 2013 11:03 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Thursday instead of prepping for Mardi Gras people who live on Cloverdale are prepping for construction crews.

BATON ROUGE- Friday, the city and the Krewe of Southdowns will discuss options since part of the parade's route is under construction.

Southdowns was next in line for the city's on-going sewer repairs. Roads are torn apart and piping is about to be put in place. Places where people should soon be standing to catch throws, is currently filled with work equipment and construction materials.

The center of all the work is Cloverdale, between Perkins and Morning Glory, an artery for the parade.

"That's our traditional route if we have to choose another route it would likely have to be a shorter route," said Krewe of Southdowns member, Greg DuCote.

The city could also put the work on hold. But, that would delay the project even more and also cost money.

"Anytime you alter what a contractor is doing in his contract time, then you always have problems as far as him wanting extra time, more money, or remobilizing cost," said David Guillory, with the Department of Public Works.

"We have no desire to see the city parish put in that situation because we live in the neighborhood," said DuCote.

Check for an update on this Friday on News 2 and on WBRZ.com.

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