Bad weather blamed on construction delays
Baton Rouge, LA — Effective the week of November 15, 2010, workers plan to reopen one lane in each direction on new pavement along South Harrell’s Ferry Road between Jones Creek Road and O’Neal Lane. The lanes along this stretch of roadway have been closed to the traveling public since May 24, 2010 to allow for the installation of the embankment along the roadway, new box culverts for the roadway crossings at Knox Branch, completion of utility relocations, pipeline adjustments, and paving operations required to four-lane that stretch of South Harrell’s Ferry Road.
Adverse weather conditions and unexpected utility relocations have contributed substantially to delays in the roadway closure period.
Non-working days within the roadway closure period amounted to 53 days due to adverse weather conditions, more than double the amount of anticipated non-working days based upon historical weather data during the same period.
Unexpected utility relocations, which included the discovery of uncharted telephone duct-banks requiring new cabling and necessary cut-overs, also contributed to substantial delays in the roadway closure period.
Construction crews continue to work as expeditiously as possible to complete the work necessary to reopen the closed portion of the roadway. Until the roadway is reopened the week of November 15, 2010, motorists should continue to use Jones Creek Road, George O’Neal Lane and O’Neal Lane as primary detour routes.
Other Green Light Plan projects are now under construction to widen Jones Creek Road from South Harrell’s Ferry Road to Coursey Boulevard, South Harrell’s Ferry Road from Millerville Road to South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, and O’Neal Lane from South Harrell’s Ferry Road to Interstate 12.