Good news for those who have been making the long trek between Ashdown and Texarkana due to the closure of the Index Bridge on Highway 71 after the Red River recently flooded. Again. It's now open.The Texas Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), has reopened U.S. 59/71 at the Red River between Texarkana, Texas and Ashdown, Ark. The highway has been closed since Friday, June 26, due to Red River floodwaters.

The U.S. 259 Red River crossing between De Kalb, Texas and Idabel, Okla. remains closed until repairs can be made to the highway on either side of the river.

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