If you are driving in Coushatta, you will have to go around East Carroll Street from the Red River Bridge to the South Y. The state highway department has closed that road to all through traffic due to a sewer line failure. The result is an increase in traffic, especially heavy truck and equipment moving through town, on Ringgold Avenue and the Cutoff Road.
Here is the news release from the state transportation department: “The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that, effective immediately, US 84 eastbound and westbound from its junction with US 371 (4-way stop at east end of Red River Bridge) to its junction with US 71 (south Y at the Conoco Station) in Coushatta, Red River Parish is closed due to a sewer line failure under the roadway. “This road closure will be in place until further notice while the Town of Coushatta makes repairs to the sewer line. “Alternate route: Total road closure. No official detour has been established.” The Journal noted motorists using Cutoff Road, Front Street, Alonzo Street, and Ringgold Avenue to get around the areas that are closed. The photos show the barricades across the street at the foot of the bridge and near the library. A pump and large hose is being used to pump sewer water around the area that caved in. One block of Highway 84 is completely closed.