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PRAIRIEVILLE - A dangerous curve on Highway 431 near Valentine Road in Ascension Parish is getting a closer look, and residents complaints are finally being heard.

The Department of Transportation says they'll look into the road that curls 90 degrees in a 200 yard stretch after people complained to our newsroom about the issue.

"There is a lot of traffic here and there's been a lot of wrecks and a lot of fatalities here over the years," Scott Brignac said. His house is near the bend.

"I've had to replace my mailbox about five or six times and I've lived here for about three or four years," he said.

Pastor Kerry Ash watched numerous wrecks in the curve. One crash involved a runaway tire that nearly clipped his church doors.

"It's been on average about four to six a year and that's a lot of people in this small little area," the pastor said.

He says he complained to the DOTD. But the state agency says no complaints have come through the office.

After News 2 questioned the department about the road, officials said they will send crews to review current signage and determine if more can be done to prevent wrecks.

"I hope that they will come up with a solution to keep any one else from getting hurt in this curve," Pastor Ash said. "There's been too many people hurt already."



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