State Representative James White (R-Woodville) said Monday morning that Department of Public Safety State Troopers will begin manning the state line crossings between Texas and Louisiana in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s order on Sunday. That order will require people coming from Louisiana into Texas to immediately quarantine themselves for 14 days after entering Texas. It’s an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus.
The order, however, states that it does not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions.
Louisiana, especially the New Orleans area, has been hard-hit by the illness, and Abbott says he’s trying every measure to stop it from spreading west into the Lone Star State.
From Texarkana to Pleasure Island, there are about thirty places to traverse the state line with nineteen of those being Farm to Market Roads, State Highways, U.S. Highways, or U.S. Interstate Highways.
The southern portion of the state line should be easy to control because crossing points must go over Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Sabine River, or Sabine Lake at the outlet to the Gulf of Mexico. However, the northern portion of the state line contains several small county roads in Texas and parish roads in Louisiana that connect at the state line.
It’s not yet known if troopers will be set up only at the major crossing points, or if they’ll also man those small roads that connect.
Our nearest local crossing points are:
~ State Highway 21 across Toledo Bend Reservoir
~ Farm to Market Road 692 across Toledo Bend Dam
~ State Highway 63 across the Sabine River (Burkeville)
~ U.S. Highway 190 across the Sabine River (Bon Wier)
~ State Highway 12 across the Sabine River (Deweyville)
Meanwhile, Governor Abbott’s order on Sunday also added states and cities to an already existing list of travel restrictions. The original order was for those flying to a Texas airport from New Orleans, or the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Sunday’s new order added to that list the entire state of Louisiana, along with the states of California and Washington, and the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami.
Each of those states and cities have large numbers of confirmed Coronavirus cases.