Levee in downtown Baton Rouge to reopen Saturday

POSTED: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 2:28pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 5:34pm

The downtown portion of the Mississippi River levee north of the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino will reopen to pedestrians and bicyclists beginning Saturday, May 11.

City-Parish Chief Engineer Jim Ferguson said Friday that the remaining levee top between Belle and LSU will reopen to foot and bike traffic sometime next week when Department of Public Works crews finish removing the safety measures that were placed on the levee for the recent high-water event.

The levee has been closed since May 13, when projections of record high-water on the Mississippi River prompted Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden to close the levee to unauthorized pedestrians and bicyclists for the safety of the general public. The ban also allowed work crews unfettered access in their continuing efforts to bolster and monitor the levees.

On Friday, Mayor Holden applauded the efforts of Public Works work crews who placed sand bags and other flood control devices in the low areas of the levees, and monitored the levees for sand boils and other signs of potential trouble.

The Mayor said City-Parish forces also deserve credit for their tremendous effort to remove the flood-control equipment after the river began falling so the downtown levee could reopen to the public Saturday.

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