May God bless the people who live on Hwy 5. I went fishing down in Logansport yesterday, and had the honor of driving over Hwy 5. The fact Desoto is the hot spot now, has taken it's toll on their roads. Trucks related to Haynesville Shale have made Hwy 5 look like a bombing run was made on it. Now, if they'd just tear up the roads in Webster Parish.
Stonewall-Frierson Road was a joke before the shale, now it's a laughing stock. not only potholes, but the salt trucks make it a potential demolition derby, you take your life in your hands just driving down that cow trail. I won't comment on the questionable quality of some of those salt truck drivers, but I'm sure some of them are blind in one eye, and can't see out the other.
For the past 2 years, I have been driving on Hwy 5 about 3 times a week to visit my Dad in
S'port and that highway is getting worse by the day. One night right in Keathie it was raining so hard I couldn't see at all and thought I had gone in the ditch because the road was so rough so I just stopped and realized I was in the road. Last summer I traded in my car for a Ford truck so I would feel more competitve with the salt water trucks but have since been torpedoed by flying depris and have a cracked windshield. I was beginning to think the O&G companies had paid off the sheriff departments because in the past year I rarely saw a patrolman, but last week I finally saw a radar just outside of Longstreet and the trucks had slowed down alot that day. I agree about the stonewall road not only about head-on but also getting hit in the rear when you stop for the school bus or another car turning. I keep one eye looking in my rear view mirror on that road. I am expecting the bridge in Logansport to be the next big detour. There is no way that old bridge will hold up to the traffic it gets every day - continuous trucks. Did you catch any fish?
As exciting as this is, we know that we have a responsibility to do this thing correctly. After all, we want the farm to remain a place where the family can gather for another 80 years and beyond. This site was born out of these desires. Before we started this site, googling "shale' brought up little information. Certainly nothing that was useful as we negotiated a lease. Read More