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Traffic calming test leaves residents undecided

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BATON ROUGE - A plan that some people are hoping will lessen traffic and make streets safer has kicked into full gear.

It's called the Traffic Calming Test, and the city started it Tuesday by putting one way street signs and lowered speed limits in certain areas. They plan to leave them up for three months, studying the effects they have on traffic in those areas and then collect feedback from residents.

Some people think the changes are a good idea, but others are on the fence.

"I'm kind of {undecided} on if I'm going to like it or not in the long run," said Chris Dugas, who lives near where some major changes have taken place.

Dennis Vidrine, President of the Goodwood Property Owner's Association, said he's been working closely with the city to make the changes.

"I think... that we can certainly please the residents. It's been tough bringing them to the table but they realize that there are issues on narrow streets," said Vidrine.

After feedback is collected at the end of the 90-day study, the city will make a decision whether to leave the changes in place, revert them, or take other actions instead.


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