Jul 11, 2013 4:44 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
Louisiana's Department of Transportation and Development says it has finished raising northbound lanes of the main evacuation route in Plaquemines Parish, and will now raise 3.2 miles of the southbound lanes.
Spokeswoman Bambi Hall says the most critical areas of state Highway 23 should be complete before the hurricane season peaks in August.
She says that in areas most prone to flooding, the highway is being raised as much as two feet. Some other areas are being raised by as little as two inches.
The $10.5 million project also includes drainage work, resurfacing and pavement patching.
The work began in mid-June. It's expected to end Nov. 1.
The area being raised is about halfway between Belle Chasse and Pointe a la Hache.