11:55 a.m. Seismic Activity Visible Around Sinkhole

An increase in Seismic Activity has been observed in past weeks around the Sinkhole.  Activity occurred sometime last night that indicates water movement as well as a drop in water level within the contained area of the sinkhole.  There has been no noticeable changes to the trees or surface anywhere around the Sinkhole.

LDOTD has reported no changes being observed in any of the instrumentation placed along Highway 70.

4:10 p.m. Sunshine Bridge and Road Closures

To determine if the Sunshine bridge will be open due to freezing temperatures call St. James Parish Sheriffs Office @ 225-562-2200 or State Police @ *577.

To determine if other state highways will be open contact State Police @ *577 or on the web at LSP.org under the road closures tab.

10:25 a.m. Public Hearing Regarding LA 70 Detour Route Environmental Assessment

***Reminder***
PUBLIC HEARING

State Project No. H.010571.2
Federal Aid Project No. H.010571
LA 70 Detour Route
Assumption Parish

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will hold a public hearing to discuss the results of the LA 70 Detour Route Environmental Assessment (EA). Detailed information relative to the project is available to those interested through copies of the EA. This information is available for review and/or copying at the DOTD’s District Office (8100 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge). Copies of this data will be made available upon request at the expense of the person requesting this information, and at a cost equal to the DOTD’s cost of reproduction. The EA is available, for review only, at the FHWA Division Office (5304 Flanders Drive, Suite A, Baton Rouge) and at the DOTD Environmental Section Office (1201 Capitol Access Road, 5th Floor, Baton Rouge). The EA is also available for review through January 2, 2015, at the Assumption Parish Library Napoleonville Branch (293 Napoleon Avenue, Napoleonville) and at the Pierre Part Branch (2800 LA 70, Pierre Part). You may also download the EA from the DOTD Environmental Section’s website. All interested parties are invited to review the EA and are encouraged to attend this public hearing, scheduled for the following date, time, and location:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Assumption Parish Community Center
Adjacent to Assumption High School
4910 LA 308
Napoleonville, LA 70390

The public hearing will be in an open house format. A prerecorded presentation including information relative to the general location, design features, impacts of the project, tentative project schedule, acquisition of right-of-way, and relocation assistance will play continuously throughout the hearing. A court reporter will be present to record and transcribe oral statements for the hearing record and representatives of the DOTD, the FHWA, and the consultant team will be present to answer any questions relative to the project. Written statements may be submitted at the public hearing, or sent via mail to Ms. Monica Herrera of Providence, 1201 Main Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802, or via email to monicaherrera@providenceeng.com. Written statements and other exhibits in lieu of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the public hearing may be submitted and postmarked by Friday, January 2, 2015.

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11:25 a.m. Public Hearing Regarding LA 70 Detour Route Environmental Assessment

PUBLIC HEARING

 

State Project No. H.010571.2

Federal Aid Project No. H.010571

LA 70 Detour Route

Assumption Parish

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will hold a public hearing to discuss the results of the LA 70 Detour Route Environmental Assessment (EA). Detailed information relative to the project is available to those interested through copies of the EA. This information is available for review and/or copying at the DOTD’s District Office (8100 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge). Copies of this data will be made available upon request at the expense of the person requesting this information, and at a cost equal to the DOTD’s cost of reproduction. The EA is available, for review only, at the FHWA Division Office (5304 Flanders Drive, Suite A, Baton Rouge) and at the DOTD Environmental Section Office (1201 Capitol Access Road, 5th Floor, Baton Rouge). The EA is also available for review through January 2, 2015, at the Assumption Parish Library Napoleonville Branch (293 Napoleon Avenue, Napoleonville) and at the Pierre Part Branch (2800 LA 70, Pierre Part). You may also download the EA from the DOTD Environmental Section’s website. All interested parties are invited to review the EA and are encouraged to attend this public hearing, scheduled for the following date, time, and location:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Assumption Parish Community Center

Adjacent to Assumption High School

4910 LA 308

Napoleonville, LA 70390

The public hearing will be in an open house format. A prerecorded presentation including information relative to the general location, design features, impacts of the project, tentative project schedule, acquisition of right-of-way, and relocation assistance will play continuously throughout the hearing. A court reporter will be present to record and transcribe oral statements for the hearing record and representatives of the DOTD, the FHWA, and the consultant team will be present to answer any questions relative to the project. Written statements may be submitted at the public hearing, or sent via mail to Ms. Monica Herrera of Providence, 1201 Main Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802, or via email to monicaherrera@providenceeng.com. Written statements and other exhibits in lieu of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the public hearing may be submitted and postmarked by Friday, January 2, 2015.

In the event a member of the public wishes to participate in this public hearing but may require special assistance due to a disability or an interpreter, please contact Ms. Noel Ardoin of the DOTD Environmental Section, PO Box 94245, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9245, by telephone at (225) 242-4502 or by email at noel.ardoin@la.gov at least five working days prior to the public hearing.

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12:30 p.m. Mandatory Evacuation East of Grand Bayou reduced to Voluntary Evacuation

The Area to the east of Grand Bayou along Highway 70 that was part of the Mandatory Evacuation Order from the Bayou Corne Sinkhole has been re-designated to a Voluntary Evacuation Area.

The area is believed to be depleted of gas and continued investigation will confirm that the gas is depleted from this area before Evacuation is removed from this area.

Attached is a map to identify the area that is now under a Voluntary Evacuation Area:

Voluntary Evacuation Area (12-4-2014)