Iberia

May 10, 2011 3:59 PM by AP

Plans postponed to move live oak

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The planned closure of U.S. 90 south of New Iberia on Wednesday to move a live oak has been postponed.

Officials with the state Department of Transportation and Development said Tuesday that the closure had been planned to allow workers to move a tree from the path of a service road near Freyou Road to a new home at the La. 83 exit ramp near New Iberia. The tree had stood in its current spot for about 150 years.

The Advocate reports that, according to DOTD, the company hired to dig up and move the oak is having unexpected trouble lifting the tree in preparation for the move. The tree alone weighs about 400 tons.

No new date has been set for the road closure or move.

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