Jindal orders work to begin on Southern's washed-out road

Jindal orders work to begin on Southern's washed-out road

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is ordering the Department of Transportation and Development to begin emergency repairs on a damaged road at a major intersection on Southern University’s campus.

The long E.C. Harrison Drive, that crosses Roosevelt Steptoe Avenue, is the sole major road leading through the heart of the campus to the large residential area on the north end of the Baton Rouge campus. The intersection has been impassible for than a month while various remedies were being discussed.

WAFB aired a story Tuesday evening

that it would take up to six months to repair the road. Now the road could be fixed in a few weeks.

In a letter dated July 16 to DOTD, the governor said the highway agency is “authorized to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement to provide the personnel, equipment and materials needed to perform the emergency repairs” at the intersection.

The governor’s office estimated that it will cost about $300,000 to pay for the emergency repairs. A DOTD official said the repairs could start as early as Saturday or Monday of next week. The goal is to have the new road in place by the time students start arriving Aug. for the Fall semester.

The road has been closed to traffic because of the failure of a concrete culvert under the intersection. Since the closure, students, staff and visitors to the residential area have used a north campus entrance from Mills Avenue.