Emergency repair work begins on washed-out road on Southern campus

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Emergency repairs are underway on EC Harrison Drive on the Southern University campus.

The road to the dorms has been washed out for more than a month. It is the sole major roadway running through the heart of the campus to the large residential area on the north end.

The university said it would take about six weeks to repair the damaged roadway, but Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to begin emergency repairs.

The governor’s office estimated that it will cost about $300,000 to pay for the emergency repairs. The goal is to have the new road in place by the time the students start arriving in August 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.

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