Stinky problem has expensive fix
BATON ROUGE - A busted sewer pipe is creating a stinky problem for drivers.
The main sewer line along Burbank at Staring has collapsed in multiple places, blocking the water. The busted line carries rain water and sewage to the main pumping station on Gardere Lane. The blockage prohibits enough movement to prevent a massive leak.
"There's nowhere for the water to get through," said Amy Schulze with the Department of Public Works. "Basically, you're hitting a road block in the pipe."
Staring Lane is flooded with rain water and sewage every time there is a large storm. Drivers say the sewage that bubbles from the drains gets on their cars, and they take the stench travels with them.
"It smells disgusting," said Melinda Stallings. "It's the worst smell. I have literally gagged as I've driven by."
DPW establishes a road block on Staring when the water spews from the pipes, preventing drivers from turning right onto Burbank. Crews blocked lanes after heavy rain on Wednesday.
"Traffic becomes really terrible," said Stallings. "That's adding to the problem."
DPW cleans the mess and debris from the ditches after each rainfall.
DPW is installing a bypass system and drivers should see improvements at the intersection in a week. The city will begin digging up the old line soon and say it will be replaced in six weeks. The project is estimated to have a $1 million price tag.