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Crews in Opelousas tackle road collapse and water main break

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Vine Street (Hwy 190) Collapse causes main break, crews in Opelousas starting repairs / City of Opelousas Vine Street (Hwy 190) Collapse causes main break, crews in Opelousas starting repairs / City of Opelousas

Emergency repairs underway after street collapses in Opelousas

The City of Opelousas says that crews are currently working at the corner of Vine and Wartell Street after a collapsed roadway damaged a main water line. 

At around 7:00 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017, city workers determined that erosion damage had caused a major leak and main break on Vine Street. LADOTD was contacted shortly after assessing the damage and deemed the project and emergency requiring immediate repairs. 

Vine Street is a Louisiana State Highway (HWY 190). The City of Opelousas was given the approval to make immediate repairs and submit all required permits and backup documentation after repairs are completed. 

The cost of repairs has been determined. All possible costs are being tracked on a "time and material" basis. 

The city says that the collapsed street and damage of the main water line at the corner of Vine Street (Hwy 190) and Wartell Street is a direct result of the following:

  • The age of the street and underground infrastructure
  • The lack of deferred maintenance
  • The location of the Main Water line
  • Heavy vehicle use (Cars and Heavy Trucks)
  • Past and Recent Flooding Events
  • Standing Water due to lack of routine cleaning and clearing of debris

 The Opelousas Department of Public Works will make repairs to the main water line and Vine Street (Hwy 190); however, these repairs are largely temporary and may eventually happen again.

Improvements to the road have been discussed by the City. Plans for relocating city infrastructure from under Hwy190 to the side of the roadway has been suggested to prevent damage. This project would be long-term and would require funding from State and Federal Governments to be completed. 

The City of Opelousas states that a short-term solution would be taking an active role in cleaning streets from drainage blockages and storm damage. While the work they do can delay the failure of the roadways, more needs to be done by the State. With the growing age of the city, adding more equipment and crews to help maintain damaged roads will be necessary to handle these issues.

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