Washed-out road at Southern could take six months to fix

Washed-out road at Southern could take six months to fix

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Part of one of Southern University's main roads remains closed after it was washed out in June. E.C. Harrison Drive is closed for major repairs and the president of the system says it could take six months to fix the problem.

Barricades are blocking off access to the university's dorms because of a 10 to 12 foot gap.

Ronald Mason, president of the Southern University System, says the issue is with the section of road that goes over a ravine, which is what collapsed.

"This is the main drainage ravine for most of this area so a lot of water is coming through here all the time. The Corp of Engineers actually was working here at the time it collapsed. So we're going to be meeting with them, the state administration to come up with a longterm solution to fix the problem," said Mason.

Students will not be able to use the road once school starts in August.

A detour has been mapped out, around the back of the campus on Mills Road, where they can reach the dorms.

The president says upgrades will have to be done on the rear entrance. That he said should happen later this week.

He says because the road is on a state-owned road and it is a state facility, the state will likely be the ones paying the bill which could total around $1 to $1.5 millions dollars. Mason says those funds are not within the university.

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