Rising water prompts closures

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 3:12pm

BATON ROUGE, La (Mayor's Office) - Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden on Thursday joined Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the state Department of Transportation and Development in announcing that all lanes of River Road (La. 327) will completely close to traffic between Brightside Drive and Ben Hur Road, a distance of less than a mile. Brightside and Ben Hur will be open to local traffic only.


The River Road closure is expected to last approximately three days. Detour routes are Skip Bertman Drive to the north of the closure, and Gardere Lane to the south.


The complete closure is necessary to allow crews from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, DOTD, and the Pontchartrain Levee District to complete levee work, which is being coordinated with the Mayor’s Office and the East Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.


Crews will place additional sand bags on the levee, install seepage monitors and perform levee survey work. This work is being performed as a precautionary measure and to collect survey data. The Duncan Point area is a known seepage area and these actions will ensure the continued performance of the protection system. There is no immediate threat of flooding or levee problems.


Mayor Holden said that the closure will also work to prevent road damage.

Mississippi Rising

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