New safety measure to be installed on Stringer Bridge Road

Stringer Bridge Road (Hwy 935)
Stringer Bridge Road (Hwy 935)

ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation announces a new safety feature that will be installed on Hwy 935, also known as Stringer Bridge Road.

Flashing lights will be added to the signs leading to Stringer Bridge Road. The installation is expected to be completed by the end of May.

In February 2012, two young girls were killed when the car they were riding in ran off the road and plunged into Black Bayou.

Faith Castilaw, 9, and Patience Lobdell, 7, died in the wreck. Their mother, Raelyn Encalade, was driving. She and two other children, ages 6 and 9, were pulled from the bayou and survived.

Following the crash, people in the area signed a petition for more signs on the roadway warning drivers. DOTD later announced additional cautionary signs would be installed on the road.

Later in 2012, DOTD made several safety improvements to the roadway, including installing centerline rumble strips, restriping the edge-lines of the roadway with reflective striping, installing additional signage and placing reflective tape on curve warning sign post.

After those enhancements were made, DOTD began a road safety study to look at long-term improvements, which led to the new flashing lights.

DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas said, "Our number one priority is safety. We believe that the addition of flashing lights combined with completed safety improvements will make this roadway safer."

According to DOTD, since 2012, only two crashes have been reported. One was a collision with a cow, and the other was a hit-and-run reported by a witness who said the driver was speeding and hit a sign and a mailbox.

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