West Feliciana residents raise concerns over washed out road

West Feliciana residents raise concerns over washed out road

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) - People in St. Francisville are doing everything they can to draw attention to a road that has all but collapsed. A bridge on Reed Rd., not far from Tunica Trace, is washing out.

You've got to take a bit of a country drive to get to Reed Rd. It's a narrow, winding highway with no shoulders, but it is very popular among locals. Lately, a lot of folks, including Katie Morse, are proceeding with caution.

"I'm scared it's going to fall in when I'm driving," said Morse.

A section of Reed Rd. looks like it has been chewed up. If that wasn't scary enough, what's happening underneath will rattle drivers' nerves. Craig Griffith, another local, says he has been too afraid to stop and look over the edge. A big chunk of earth, which supports the roadway, is washing away. Locals say it has been happening since the August flood and it's only getting worse. They say West Feliciana Parish leaders have not done much to stop it.

"Every once in a while, the parish has some kind of trucks out here, but so far, they haven't tackled it," said Griffith.

"I figured they would have done something way before now," said Morse.

Parish President Kevin Couhig says the residents' concerns are not being ignored.

"Oh sure. They want us to fix it and they want us to fix it right away, and we understand that. That's normal," said Couhig.

Couhig says the delay is due to a 100-foot culvert under the road. He says it was damaged during the flood and must be replaced before any repairs can be made to the road. Couhig says when the pipe arrives, that section of Reed Rd. will be closed.

"That means the residents who live on the far side of that, who have to commute, will have to use a different route. So what we are doing is preparing that route to take the additional traffic," said Couhig.

It's a big inconvenience for locals who will now have to take the longer route into town, but in the end, they say it will be well worth the wait.

"They need to fix it. They really do. I'm ready," said Griffith.

Couhig estimates the road will be closed no more than two weeks during repairs. FEMA is covering 90 percent of the cost.

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