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Trucks said damaging Louisiana road, repairs needed

The deterioration has been blamed on heavy equipment being used for construction in fast-growing Youngsville.

The Associated Press

3/31/2014

YOUNGSVILLE, La.  — Portions of Chemin Metairie Parkway are crumbling under the weight of heavy trucks hauling construction materials and Youngsville officials say they must make emergency repairs.

Mayor Wilson Viator told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1jyIZtc) that the City Council has declared the situation a public emergency and plans to move quickly to resurface the road at a cost estimated at up to $750,000.

The damage is in the roundabout at East Milton Avenue and Chemin Metairie Parkway and the southbound lane of Chemin Metairie heading south from the roundabout.

The deterioration has been blamed on heavy equipment being used for construction in fast-growing Youngsville.

"It's beginning to deteriorate and turn into potholes," Viator said. "The road is just giving because of all of the weight."

The sections of eroding road are about five years old.

"We built this for a 10-year life, but it's not expected to last half that time," Viator said.

The mayor said the city tried patching the asphalt, but the patches didn't hold up through the wet and cold winter.

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