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Getting Answers: Damaged road in Washington

Posted at 9:32 PM, Jan 06, 2020

Some have safety concerns about the condition of a state road in St. Landry Parish. A portion of LA 745 in Washington is damaged and caving in.

"I think somebody is going to end up getting killed on that road," Washington resident, Bernon Griffin said.

According to DOTD, the road's condition is the result of Hurricane Barry. "It's so close to Bayou Courtableau, that the slope , the bank, started to slide into the bayou," Bill Oliver with DOTD said. "It's impacting the roadway. It's been going on for some time and Hurricane Barry worsened the situation and made it unsafe to drive on."

DOTD says the road will be a process to fix.

"We just finished the survey and we're looking at obtaining the funding," Oliver said. "Right now, we need to see what kind of funding we can get. It's a considerable cause. The work is extensive because it's in the bayou. It's not easily accessible. You have to wait for the water to go down and it's a lot of issues with it. "

Currently, there is no timeline on when work will begin but some are hoping it's sooner rather than later.