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Watch your turns: new traffic flow at wreck-prone intersection

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Posted: Jul 30, 2014 10:40 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Jul 31, 2014 6:58 AM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - There will be another change dealing with how traffic is regulated on Burbank Drive.

A new stop light will be added south of LSU as The Department of Public Works and the Department of Transportation looks to improve traffic along the heavily clogged street.

Monday, barricades were placed across the turn lane at Ben Hur and Burbank. Signs are posted alerting drivers of new rules, which regulate the direction people can turn depending on if they are on Burbank or Ben Hur.

The location is no stranger to wrecks.

"I've seen almost, I'm sure 50 wrecks at that intersection," said Quiana Stewart who lives at an apartment complex on Ben Hur. "Something should have happened sooner than now."

Some drivers have had a few close calls.

"I've had a close call or two, because you pull out and you don't really know if they're going too fast," said Joseph Dick.

The latest is one of a series of changes on Burbank that also included re-striping the area near the Old Front Nine to add turn lanes and also the removal of one stop light at E. Boyd Drive.

"With the addition of the new left turn lanes there's a lot less congestion, a lot less accidents," said DPW Chief Traffic Engineer Ingolf Partenheimer. "Trip time through the corridor has been reduced dramatically."

The new light at Ben Hur and Burbank will be installed by October.

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