Bridge to remain
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – In what should create an enormous sigh of relief to Acadia residents in Estherwood, Morse, Midland, and other towns who regularly use La. 91 as their main road north, it has been determined that the pontoon bridge will remain in its present location.
The bridge had been threatened to be removed - without a replacement - in order to replace a bridge near Freshwater City in Vermilion Parish which is in need of repair.
“I just got off the phone with the governor’s office and they assured me that the bridge will stay in place,” said U.S. Representative Jack Montoucet who, along with State Representative Dan “Blade” Morrish was angered at the prospect of the bridge’s possible removal. Both vowed to pull out all the stops to keep the bridge in its present location.
Apparently their hard work paid off.
“I want to thank the members of the governor’s office for working with us to make this possible,” said Montoucet.
As the Post-Signal reported three weeks ago, the La. 91 pontoon bridge was slated to be moved to temporarily replace the bridge in Freshwater City which is in need of repairs. What angered Montoucet, Morrish, and Estherwood Mayor Bob Maples was that nobody let them know of the move and they didn’t find out about it until it was almost too late.
Aside from La. 91 being a designated FEMA hurricane evacuation route, residents who use the route would be forced to drive to Crowley or Jennings for their drive north. Crowley, as is well-known, has the ongoing Historic Downtown Restoration Project slowing traffic to begin with and Jennings has some road work going on as well.
That combined with the fact that rice season is about to begin had the potential for creating major traffic problems in both towns.