Repairs Begin for Mississippi River Levee at Duncan Point

11/10/2011 02:30 PM

BATON ROUGE – As a result of damages sustained during the 2011 Mississippi River high-water event, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its non-federal sponsor, the Pontchartrain Levee District, are repairing the levee at Duncan Point in East Baton Rouge Parish, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – New Orleans District announced Nov 10.


“This area has been identified as the New Orleans Districts’ most critical area in terms of potential loss of life and economic damage,” stated Durund Elzey, senior project manager for the New Orleans Mississippi River & Tributaries System. “We have expedited repairs to this area so that we will be prepared for the next high-water season.”


The $8.85 million project requires the construction of a seepage berm and the relocation of River Road, or Highway 327. As a result, Highway 327 between Ben Hur Road and Trinity Lane will remain closed for approximately four months.  


The closure of this portion of River Road south of Brightside Drive could impact those traveling to the university, so please use alternate routes and plan for extra time when traveling to campus.


“The Pontchartrain Levee District’s priority is the safety of the public,” said Steve Wilson, president of the Pontchartrain Levee District. “While we certainly understand the inconveniences rerouting traffic will cause, the importance of getting these levee repairs completed must take precedence.”


Immediately following the historic flood of 2011, the United States Army Corps of Engineers began assessing the costs of restoring the system of levees and other Mississippi River & Tributaries system features that have been successful since 1927 in reducing flooding risks along the Mississippi River.  In early August 2011, a Phase I prioritization was conducted to rank order the most critical “RESET” areas in the Mississippi River & Tributaries system. Under this prioritization, Duncan Point has been classified as the most critical area in the New Orleans District’s area of responsibility.


For more information on the project, contact Ricky Boyett with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 504-862-1524 or


Impact to Football Post-Game Traffic


The closure this portion of River Road will have an impact on the traffic flow following LSU’s football games against Western Kentucky on Nov. 12 and Arkansas on Nov. 25.


  • All vehicles traveling south on River Road following the games will be forced to make a left turn onto Brightside Drive. Vehicles will then travel to Nicholson Drive where they may turn southbound onto Nicholson.
  • Vehicles in the Hayfield Lot on Gourrier Avenue will be forced to exit east bound on Gourrier toward Nicholson Drive. Vehicles will not be allowed to travel west on Gourrier toward River Road.
  • The intersection at Gourrier Avenue and River Road will be closed.  No vehicles on River Road will be allowed to turn onto Gourrier Avenue.
  • Traffic patterns on Skip Bertman Drive and River Road will remain the same.
  • There will be no change in the exit patterns for the Levee Lots on River Road.
  • There will be no contraflow on River Road going south from Gourrier to Brightside.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011