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Neighbors: 45mph is too fast for their street

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DENHAM SPRINGS - City leaders are calling on the Department of Transportation and Development to lower a speed limit in Denham Springs.

Cockerham Road, between Range Ave. and Lockhart, is a busy two-lane street near a high school and two elementary schools.

The speed limit is 45 mph and Denham Springs City Council is proposing that be reduced to 35 mph.

The Council passed a resolution Monday night requesting DOTD to perform a study and change the speed limit.

Recently, the road was rehabbed. Part of a $3.3 million construction project to make room for a center turn lane, street resurfacing, and sidewalks.

Residents are split on the speed issue.

"I find Denham Springs tends to have some of the speed limits a little too unrealistically low," said James Kurts.

Others say drivers speed too much.

"Drivers think 60-70 mph out there is nothing," said Ben Newburn. "Motorcycles... don't even mention what motorcycles do."

The proposal will be submitted to DOTD for review. They will decide if a study on Cockerham Rd. is necessary.


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