QUESTION: When will we get U.S. 190 restriped on the Baton Rouge side of the “old bridge” from the railroad tracks to the bridge? There are no street lights. Many of our workers use this bridge before and after daylight hours. The travel is very dangerous with the lanes hard to see.

ANSWER: Anastasia Semien, a state Department of Transportation and Development spokeswoman, tells us: “The overlay project for this portion of US 61/ US 190 is scheduled to let in June 2017. However, DOTD crews will restripe this section as soon as possible.”

What’s that smell?

QUESTION: There is a strong odor of sewage that’s most noticeable at the bridge near Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on Essen Lane. That smell has been there for at least 10 years, since Hurricane Katrina. Are there plans to find its cause and fix it?

ANSWER: Adam M. Smith, chief of wastewater engineering & technology for the city-parish, tells us that Pump Station 58 is just northeast of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at the entrance of the LSU Rural Life Museum.

“This pump station is the largest in the system and contributes approximately 43 percent of the flow to the South Wastewater Treatment Plant,” Smith says.

There are about nine miles of piping between Pump Station 58 and the farthest point it serves, he says. “Because of this long distance the wastewater becomes very odorous by the time it reaches the pump station, especially during times of low flow.

“Realizing this issue, a new pump station was designed and constructed at this location as part of the East Baton Rouge Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Program. This new state-of-the-art pump station includes an odor control system that will scrub the odors emanating from the station and will be monitored and controlled … 24 hours a day for any failures and will alert the (city-parish) Department of Environment Services of any problems.

“The odor control system will be online by the end of the first quarter of 2016.” And Smith adds: “One note is that the ongoing road and bridge work is a state Department of Transportation and Development project that is not associated with the SSO Program.”

Talk to us

Send your questions to Ask The Advocate, 10705 Rieger Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70809; or fax to Ask The Advocate, (225) 388-0371; or email