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Busted! Drivers ignore dangerous road warning

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Posted: Jul 7, 2014 10:18 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Jul 8, 2014 7:24 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: DOTD, Stringer Bridge Road, Drown, signs, flashing lights, speed, highway, Brittany Weiss

ST. AMANT - The Department of Transportation and Development installed flashing lights on La. Highway 935, or Stringer Bridge Road, in Ascension Parish.

The new flashing lights were added after the DOTD originally ruled the number one recommendation for the road was to close it all together.

Still, with the addition of the new flashing lights warning drivers of the dangerous curves ahead, people are not satisfied.

"[People drive] way too fast," said Noel Wright. "I don't think it'll correct all the problem, but at least it's a start."

Two girls were killed when a car went into the bayou off Stringer Bridge Road in 2012. There were previous deadly accidents as well. Improvements began in 2012 and include rumble strips, new lane striping, additional signage and a study. Since the improvements began, DOTD says there have been few accidents.

Herman Adams, whose nephew drove off Stringer Bridge and drowned, knows to slow down around the curve, but doesn't think the flashing lights will be enough for other drivers.

"It's a bad curvy road and when it's wet or something they lose it, and they wind up in the canal," said Adams. "I still think people are driving too fast."

Some residents along Stringer Bridge are requesting speed traps and more signs to slow drivers down even more.

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