Plaquemine, Port Allen bridge exit cut short

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Posted: Aug 9, 2010 6:13 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Aug 9, 2010 6:24 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Mississippi River Bridge, DOTD, re-striping, Brusly, Plaquemine, Port Allen

Motorists headed to Brusly, Plaquemine or Port Allen off the Mississippi River Bridge have one less lane to travel, something people who frequent the road aren't happy about.

The two lanes drivers could use to exit to Port Allen on the left or Plaquemine on the right from the bridge were cut down to one Sunday morning when the pavement was re-striped. The Department of Transportation and Development said the new configuration will allow for better traffic flow.

"A lot of large trucks were using that middle lane, which is a second exit lane, for exiting to the port," said Lauren Lee with DOTD Monday.

That isn't what people who use the lane think.

"Everybody knows you stay in the left lane if you're going to Plaquemine," said Rudy Aucoin. "You're gonna cause accidents, and it's not gonna be a good thing."

Aucoin said the new re-striping will only serve to confuse motorists.

"I didn't see anything wrong with it before, so why fix it if it's not broken?" said Aucoin.

Lee said the project is part of a yearlong re-striping plan that will be complete in November.

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