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Bonnet Carre Spillway to open Monday
by stevenew,posted May 6 2011 2:27PM
I remember when I was really young my parents taking us all down to the spillway for the opening of the Bonnet Carre. So I wanted to pass along some info if you paln to head out there Monday morning, Public access is limited to the downstream end of the structure, near the Project Office. All public access areas within the spillway, including public boat launches, Lower Guide Levee Road, and the St. Charles Parish Recreation Area near U.S. Highway 61 are also closed. The general public are allowed to view the spillway opening, which will begin at approximately 8 a.m., at the Bonnet Carré Spillway Project Office, located at 16302 River Road in Norco, Louisiana. Because the office’s access road will be blocked off, vehicles will need to park either along the river levee or River Road. The Bonnet Carré Spillway is located about 28 miles above New Orleans. To get there, take I-10 and exit at the I-310 interchange, proceeding south toward the river and the Luling-Destrehan Bridge. Before reaching the river, exit I-310 at the Norco-Destrehan exit. Take the Norco exit, which brings you to River Road. Turn right, toward Norco, and stay on River Road for about 6 miles. Just past Norco's Shell Refinery, the road rises onto the Bonnet Carré Spillway levee; nearby is the Corps' Bonnet Carré office.