People want traffic light at dangerous intersection

Published: Dec. 20, 2011 at 1:59 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 at 10:31 AM CST
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ADDIS, LA (WAFB) - After another deadly crash at the same intersection where the sister of LSU's head football coach was killed earlier in the year, people want a change there.

The wreck happened on Sugar Plantation Road and LA 1, just north of Addis, Saturday night. A woman was killed, while her husband and a friend were injured. Anne Browne, Les Miles' sister, died in an accident in the same location in April.

There is a big disagreement between officials with the town and those with the state of Louisiana.

Addis leaders have been begging for a light at the intersection, but state leaders have other plans. Addis officials said it is one of the most dangerous intersections around.

"I would love to see a light there," said Police Chief Ricky Anderson. "Myself, the council, the mayor are all in favor. We've sent letters, petitioned the state. We've met with the state to get a light there."

However, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development does not agree. Officials said the j-turn lane is the ticket.

"Traffic signals can actually cause more accidents in certain situations," said Jodi Conachen with DOTD. "So, the better solution is to put in this j-turn, which allows people to enter and exit the subdivision."

The j-turn would be south of the actual intersection. Drivers would get into a turn lane in the middle of the highways. Then, they make a u-turn to get back on LA 1.

"It's kind of a proven safety measure that's being used across the country to improve intersections with cross over incidents. But, yet, you have a really high volume of traffic in this pass over section. You have 40,000 vehicles that are going straight," Conachen explained.

Anderson disagrees with DOTD engineers.

"So, all you are going to be doing is moving the accidents from Sugar Mill to an eight or quarter-mile north and south," he added.

Residents are frustrated as well.

"They aren't going to do anything," said Ron Tetzel. "I mean, how many more people have to get killed in here?"

LA 1 is controlled by the state.

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