CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - The shutdown of Interstate 10 on the Texas and Louisiana border is affecting several places, including one Deep East Texas town.
Corrigan has been experiencing heavy traffic for the past couple of days because of the traffic that is being re-routed to US Highway 59 for those using I-20 to get into Louisiana.
A fallen light pole in Corrigan certainly didn't help things. As utility crews worked to fix it, they had to shut down the right southbound lane of US 59. Multiple agencies were on hand to help direct traffic.
Electric workers were working most of the day Wednesday to get the pole back up.
"With the I-10 traffic and now with this mess, it's just kind of compounding the situation, said Corrigan Volunteer fire Department Chief John Cobb.
"With the lanes already being congested and then you have this accident with the pole, it backs everything up," said Moscow resident Elijah Foreman. "It's backed up north, south, east, and west."
Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation workers, and Corrigan police manually signaled traffic to help the ebb and flow of the congestion.
Although frustrated, Corrigan residents understand the reason for the backup.
"It's fine, as long as I get to where I need to go on time, I'm just going to sit and enjoy the ride," said Moscow resident Trent Olivero.
TxDOT confirmed that both southbound lane were opened again late Wednesday afternoon.
Early Wednesday, the eastbound lanes were closed at the Texas-Louisiana state line after rising waters from excessive rainfall covered the interstate. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Louisiana officials stopped westbound traffic on Tuesday because water from the swollen Sabine River went across those lanes on the Texas side.
Motorists heading eastbound to Louisiana should use I-20 as an alternate route.
For those traveling on I-10 from:
• El Paso take I-20 East of Van Horn
• San Antonio take I-35 North to I-20 East to Shreveport
• Houston take US 59 North to I-20 East to Shreveport
• Beaumont take US 96 North to US 69 North to US 59 North to I-20 East to Shreveport