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Neighborhood petitions for red-light at intersection

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Posted: Apr 25, 2011 5:46 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Apr 25, 2011 5:46 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: neighborhood, petition, red light, intersection, deadly, crash

ADDIS, La.- Dozens of people are petitioning for a red light at what they call a deadly intersection.

It's at the corner of LA-1 and Sugar Plantation Parkway in Addis, where Les Miles' sister died in a car crash last week.

Investigators say 54-year-old Ann Hope Browne turned into traffic and was t-boned by another car. She was on a sales call when the accident happened, according to police. At least four other people were taken to the hospital after the crash.

Still, DOTD says it will take another traffic study to determine if the intersection needs a red-light. That's why Sugar Mill Plantation resident Lauren O'Brien is going door to door, asking her neighbors to sign a petition.

"As I was walking around and getting people's signatures I had several people tell me they've been in a wreck there," O'Brien said.

O'Brien's not alone in her fight. Carroll Bourgeois, the mayor of Addis, says the dangerous intersection needs a red-light.

"The state made a comment that if we put a light at every intersection it's going to create, everybody is going to crawl. It might, but if it will save a life, hey, I'll crawl," Bourgeois said.

According to DOTD, several studies showed that not enough traffic volume travels through the intersection to install a red-light.

O'Brien says traffic volume isn't her only concern.

"It's also about the number of different ways that cars can come in and out of the neighborhood and into the intersection," O'Brien said.

Putting in a red-light costs about $150-thousand. The developer and DOTD would split the cost. There's no timeline on when a red-light could be installed.

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