Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:48 AM by AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Crews are stabilizing a levee and the U.S. Highway 90 road bed near Bayou Dumar in Lafourche Parish to stop seeping water during floods.
The Courier reports that U.S. 90 eastbound has been reduced to one lane due to the work.
The highway was built on a bed of clam shells covered with clay and floods seeps through that permeable surface. Levee officials that during Tropical Storm Lee the seepage made the highway and the levee in the area wet and soggy.
Workers are driving 30-foot-long pilings at the Bayou Dumar bridge to create a 257-foot-long wall that will extend from the inside of the westbound lane, across the median and under the eastbound lane to tie into the existing levee system. The road will be resurfaced.