Posted: Jan 25, 2012 11:00 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Jan 26, 2012 7:52 AM
ADDIS - The people who use the intersection at LA-1 and Sugar Plantation Parkway say a J-turn is the wrong turn.
But instead of relieving anxiety, Wednesday night's meeting only seemed to increase their outrage.
Engineers propose installing a J-turn that would force drivers to turn right onto Hwy. 1, then U-turn back around. But people who cross the highway want a light, and say the state's not doing enough to keep them safe.
There was not an empty corner or quiet moment at the YMCA in Addis as The Department of Transportation and Development attempted to make its case for a J-turn.
The people driving the stretch of La. 1 fell short of scolding the agency.
Brendan Rush with the department tried explaining the decision. He says a light only reduces the chance for wrecks by 5 percent, but studies show a J-turn reduces crashes by 20 percent.
But, it was obvious that message didn't resonate.
The area's legislative delegation told me they will introduce legislation during the upcoming session to get a light installed at the intersection while the J-turn project is under its 7-month construction process.