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Old base causing cracks in road

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GONZALES, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Just months after being widened and resurfaced earlier this year, a new 350-foot section of Roddy Road in Ascension Parish began cracking and heaving.

The cracks have marred what was otherwise a welcome $1.85 million investment to a one-mile stretch of a key north-south connector for the parish.

The culprit wasn't poor workmanship, parish officials and engineers say, but the legacy of road work decades earlier. Chief Engineer Jason Taylor says a material used for road base undergoes an unwanted reaction when mixed with cement used to stiffen the base during repairs. As a result, it can crack the new asphalt on top.

The parish closed the problem section earlier this month and spent an additional $118,000 to remove, replace and repave it.

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