Asphalt mishap complicates sewer work
BATON ROUGE - As people were driving home Thursday night, they were greeted with an unwelcome construction blunder.
The Department of Public Works says a contractor working along Beverly Drive off Government Street accidentally pushed asphalt into a manhole. Crews are working to replace sewer lines in the area.
Kay Gilbert lives across the street from where the work is being done and says she's not happy about the delay.
"They told us they'd be out of here in November 2014," she said. "So, if you can imagine living here with this dust and this noise..."
Crews began to remove the material from the manhole to assure proper flow. Friday, a by-pass pump was installed to allow for a complete clean out.
Gilbert and her neighbors say the new - and lingering - situation has snarled traffic and people have a hard time getting to their homes.
"We work too hard to have to deal with this," said Sonia Luvecke.
"We didn't know they were going to dig our street up and take months and months and months to fix everything," said Gilbert.
Once everything is clear, DPW said the manholes will be covered and the street will be repaved. DPW says this isn't the first time asphalt has fallen into a manhole on a project, but it's up to the contractor to fix the problem at their own expense.