NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County officials are keeping a close eye on the condition of a deteriorating county road in Etoile, and they’re taking more proactive approaches to making sure drivers avoid doing further damage.
According to a Facebook post from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, County Road 467 in the Nacalina Subdivision in Etoile was closed due to flooding in areas already breaking down and damaged. Sheriff Jason Bridges said there were actually three separate locations concerning county officials.
“One part of it has gotten pretty bad,” said Bridges. “Road and Bridge is doing everything they can to maintain it; putting gravel on it, trying to keep it up, because they know the people who live there, that’s the only access to the subdivision so they have to use that road.”
Bridges said the first step to helping alleviate some of the damage would be to keep drivers who do not live in the subdivision from using CR 467.
“We’ve gotten a lot of complaints from the residents down that a lot of people were just coming through joy riding and looking, sight-seeing I guess you could say,” Bridges explained. “That’s creating two hazards: first of all, they don’t need to be driving down that road, it’s dangerous enough as it is. Second of all, they’re just adding to tearing up that roadway.”
Floodwater has been on the roadway for several weeks, and could last into March, county officials have said. The water has further added to residents misery by eroding the dirt and pavement leading up to the roadway, causing even more damage.
Signs reading ‘Road Closed’ greet drivers as they approach CR 467, and Bridges said deputies will increase patrols in the area. Anyone caught using CR 467 who does not live in the area will be stopped and possibly cited. The closures will remain in place until floodwaters recede, Bridges added.
“Obviously once the water quits flowing over the roadway, and Road and Bridge can get in there and make repairs they need to make, the road will be opened to all through traffic,” Bridges said.
Nacogdoches County is monitoring the situation daily, anyone that lives in this subdivision that needs assistance is asked to contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office.