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Drivers: confusing light change leading to numerous wrecks

2 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 09, 2014 Jul 9, 2014 Wednesday, July 09 2014 July 09, 2014 8:05 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - Numerous car wrecks have plagued an intersection that was recently changed and drivers have complained the confusion surrounding the new flow is causing the crashes. 

People who drive the area frequently said Wednesday, on the scene of another crash, there had been at least three at the East Boyd Avenue and Burbank Drive intersection since the change Monday. 

The Department of Transportation announced the signal would not regulate traffic with red, yellow, and green lights anymore.  Instead, drivers using Burbank would see flashing yellow lights and drivers on E. Boyd would see red, indicating they should only be the ones to stop for traffic.  Also, drivers on E. Boyd would only be allowed to turn right onto Burbank.

Making the situation even more burdensome, drivers have noticed the lights sometimes have returned to red and green, traffic-regulating lights.

"The lights aren't working," Steven Trung said. He was involved in a wreck at the intersection Wednesday night.  He was not aware of the new flow.

"There needs to be something more than that to alleviate the problem."

The state said the change makes the Burbank corridor safer and is part of a nearly year-long process on the street that also included re-striping the street to add a center turn lane.

"People are going to stop taking this intersection and the problem with that is that Boyd is the only road that goes from Highland to Burbank to Nicholson," LSU student John Chance, who lives on E. Boyd, said.

He said he watched DOTD adjust the light Tuesday and put stop signs out then noticed they were gone that evening only to return again Wednesday. 

"There's a lot of problems with making this intersection a right turn only," Chance said. "We need to make left turns here. I'm sorry that's just the way it needs to be."

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