WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - The section of Sampson Street from I-10 to Sulphur Avenue will be closed starting Sunday at 6 a.m. and will be reopened around 6 p.m.
Union Pacific and the Department of Transportation and Development will be making repairs to the railroad crossings.
"I would say this is a temporary fix, but it's going to be a good one. They are just going to replace the track, for now, put some new asphalt down, and make it passable," says Westlake Mayor Robert Hardey.
According to Union Pacific, after heavy usage, the crossings have begun to wear. They will be laying more ballast rock and replacing cross ties while DOTD will be laying asphalt on the crossing approaches to smooth the road for cars. Union Pacific spokesperson Jeff DeGraff says while these changes are temporary, they will make the crossing safer.
Police Chief Chris Wilrye says the Westlake Police Department will have officers assist drivers through the detour. They say drivers will take Sulphur Avenue down to Miller Avenue, and then use the I-10 South Service Road to get on the interstate. For those entering Westlake from I-10, they will be using the same route in reverse.
Mayor Hardey says in the next two to three months $2 million dollar permanent repairs will be made to the crossings that will take around two to three days to complete.