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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011