Darkness brings concern in construction zone
GONZALES - Drivers are cautions after two wrecks where other people on the highway have ignored construction zone warnings in Ascension Parish.
Overnight Tuesday, a driver smashed head-on into a dump truck. The driver of the car that hit the truck was killed. Another driver is on the run, wanted for hitting a construction worker then driving off.
Construction along La. 30 began in September. The road is being resurfaced from the Tanger Outlet Mall to Iberville Parish.
At night, construction workers get ready to resume construction. Light reflects off cones and their vests as cars driver by.
"It's hard to see, it's dusty, they did more paint on the part that they've ground up, but it's still dusty and tough to see," said Rod Olson, who drives along La. 30 twice a day.
Construction workers say they feel unsafe when drivers speed or cross the yellow lines on the road.
"We do have some speeders out here, they need to slow down," said construction worker Leroy Knight.
Police work closely with construction companies and enforce the law in those areas. Drivers are asked to pay closer attention to flagmen.
"There is a lot of construction in our state, we're always working to improve our roadway, that's what those construction zones are for, and just be mindful of that. People do work in those construction zones," said Trooper Jared Sandifer.
The overlay work along La. 30 should wrap up around February.