Collapsed culvert on Hooper Rd. causes traffic woes for neighborhood

CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - A Central neighborhood has turned into a detour route overnight. Now, residents say their small streets can't take on the big rigs driving through and they're upset.

"There's absolutely no excuse for huge, big-loaded, 18 wheel dump trucks coming through these sub streets and these little bitty bridges," says resident Garnett Brister.

Resident Joe Ramsay believes the trucks are going to ruin the neighborhood streets and two bridges.

A portion of Hooper Road in Central is shut down after a culvert failed Thursday. The detour around the construction directs drivers through Joor and Blackwater Roads. Instead, drivers are going right through Tanglewood Neighborhood and across two small bridges.

"It's a substandard bridge. It's not built to hold the weight of these big trucks that's been coming through here. That bridge was repaired a few yrs ago but there's no way it can support that kind of weight," said Brister.

Brister has lived in the subdivision for the past 47 years and says enough is enough. It is why he put up a sign asking people to drive slow and for the Sheriff Department's help.

A deputy has been working in the neighborhood all day, especially keeping a watchful eye for overweight trucks. No vehicle over 7.5 tons is allowed through the neighborhood.

The posted speed limit in Tanglewood is 30 miles per hour, but residents say drivers usually go 50 and 60 miles per hour.

The good news is that all the additional traffic should come to an end as the Hooper Road repair is expected to be completed Sunday.

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