State Looks At La. 70 Detour Options Near Sinkhole
PIERRE PART, La. (AP) — A growing sinkhole just south of LouisianaHighway 70 in has raised worries in Assumption Parish about subsidence that could cut off the highway and force commuters and school buses to make a 90-minute-plus detour.
In response, the state Department of Transportation and Development is in the early stages of a two-tiered plan that would include a temporary detour that could be built quickly if needed, followed by a more-permanent bypass.
The Advocate reports that reception to the proposals, which were unveiled last month, has been divided.
Some want a proposed four-mile-long bypass farthest from the sinkhole built right away, while others, including business people on Highway 70, favor a shorter, temporary detour.
No cost estimates or time lines are yet available.