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Estherwood Pontoon Bridge Closed Due To High Water [VIDEO]

The recent heavy rains and flooding have prompted the Lousiana Department of Transportation to close the pontoon bridge over the Mermentau River on Highway 91 in Estherwood.

Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office/Nixle
Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office/Nixle

Re-opening of the bridge will be ordered after flood waters have subsided.

Google Maps/Estherwood Pontoon Bridge
Google Maps/Estherwood Pontoon Bridge

The pontoon bridge in Estherwood isn’t an ordinary bridge, as most bridges are suspension bridges, suspended above the waterway.  Pontoon bridges like the ones in Estherwood and the one on Bayou LaRose are unique in that they are barges floating on the water that allow vehicles to drive across.

Google Maps
Google Maps/Butte La Rose Pontoon Bridge

I’ve been detoured by the bridge being out, and I’ve saved valuable time be using that bridge (it’s a “shortcut” to the Midland area from I-10), but I’ve never seen the bridge being moved.

This video, posted by Wayne Welsh to Facebook, gives an eyewitness view of the bridge being moved to allow the water/debris to flow.

I would assume that the bridge will be closed until further notice!

(Google Maps, Facebook)

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