Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:53 AM
Updated: Apr 30, 2014 11:53 AM
ST. AMANT - New safety measures are coming to La. Highway 935, also know as Stringer Bridge Road, in Ascension Parish. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says flashing lights will be installed leading to the road.
DOTD met with State Representative Johnny Berthelot, Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez, and Councilman Randy Clouatre. The installation is expected to be completed by the end of May.
State improvements to the road began in 2012, with the installation of rumble strips, restriping the edge lines, additional signage, and a speed study. A look at long-term improvements led to the new flashing lights.
DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas said, "Our number one priority is safety. We believe that the addition of flashing lights combined with completed safety improvements will make this roadway safer."
Two girls were killed when a car went into the bayou off Stringer Bridge Road in 2012. There were previous deadly accidents as well. Since 2012, DOTD says only two crashes have been reported. One was a collision with a cow, and the other was a hit-and-run reported by a witness who said the driver was speeding and hit a sign and a mailbox.