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State looks at La. 70 detour options near sinkhole

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago September 03, 2013 Sep 3, 2013 Tuesday, September 03 2013 September 03, 2013 7:11 AM in News

PIERRE PART -  A growing sinkhole just south of Louisiana Highway 70 in has raised worries in Assumption Parish about subsidence that could cut off the highway and force commuters and school buses to make a 90-minute-plus detour.

In response, the state Department of Transportation and Development is in the early stages of a two-tiered plan that would include a temporary detour that could be built quickly if needed, followed by a more-permanent bypass.

The Advocate reports that reception to the proposals, which were unveiled last month, has been divided.

Some want a proposed four-mile-long bypass farthest from the sinkhole built right away, while others, including business people on Highway 70, favor a shorter, temporary detour.

No cost estimates or time lines are yet available.

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