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DOTD says changes could be coming to deadly curve

1 year 9 months 1 week ago January 14, 2015 Jan 14, 2015 Wednesday, January 14 2015 January 14, 2015 12:19 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

WALKER - State traffic officials said Wednesday they have no plans to reduce speed along a stretch of road where several deadly wrecks have happened in Livingston Parish, including a wreck on New Year's Eve which killed three people.

However, the Department of Transportation and Development said they would recommend improvements to curves along that stretch as part of a larger traffic study.

State Police said three people died in a head-on collision on LA 447 south of I-12 on Dec. 31. Troopers said a car driven by 24-year-old Trinity Kiger crossed the center line and hit an oncoming SUV. Kiger was not wearing a seat belt and died along with two of the SUV passengers, 37-year-old Shannnon Chilsholm and her daughter 11-year-old Hannah Chisholm.

People who live along the stretch of highway, called Walker Road South, told News 2 they've seen multiple deadly wrecks happen in the years they've lived in the area. They asked for more signage along the road to warn drivers before they get into the curve where the wrecks happen.

A DOTD spokesperson said there's an ongoing study into traffic volume, crashes, and speed along the LA 447 corridor which stretches from LA 16 to LA 1027. The spokesperson said it'll be a year before any construction could start on improvements suggested in the study, including recommendations to re-align and improve the curve where these wrecks happened as well as widen a stretch from Buddy Ellis Road to LA 16 into three lanes.

State Police said they're still investigating the cause of the New Year's Eve accident.


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