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Safety improvements coming for curves and intersections

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ST. AMANT - Hundreds of curves and road intersections across the Baton Rouge region will see makeovers in the next two years.

The project began today in St. Amant on La. 429 near La. 22 and in Prairieville on La. 431 near Lake Martin Road. The project includes new road signage, striping and roadway reflectors to improve visibility for drivers.

"It is going to help out tremendously," said St. Amant resident Ruth Cardinale. "They must be going too fast or whatever cause they wind up in the ditch or run off the road and go into the cemetery."

Residents say the $4.2 million project brings optimism of safer roads. New arrow warning signs will double the size of the old ones. Crews worked to install those signs today along La. 429. Work on striping and reflectors should start next month, according to DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallett.

"In these days, there's so many possibilities for distractions for drivers, so what we're trying to do is make like a curve or an intersection more visible to those who are driving down the street," said Mallett. "So what this does is it alerts your drivers. It's going to be brighter. It's going to be more signs and reflectors that are going to be brighter, so it's like an attention grabber and that's what we're trying to do here."

The project will makeover more than 300 sites along 100 routes throughout Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. James parishes.

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