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More improvements for deadly bayou highway

1 decade 9 months 1 week ago Friday, September 06 2013 Sep 6, 2013 September 06, 2013 9:00 PM September 06, 2013 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

ST. AMANT - The state is making more safety upgrades to a deadly road more than a year and a half after a crash killed two kids in Ascension Parish.

In February 2012, Faith Castilaw, 9 and Patience Lobell, 7, died after a car driving on Stringer Bridge Road crashed into Black Bayou.

The community pushed for changes and up to this point, its only seen new warning signs.

But, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development still says the road is dangerous.

A safety study showed Stringer Bridge needs center line rumble strips, reflective striping on the side of the road and even more signs to keep drivers out of the bayou.

DOTD's study also revealed a guard rail was not a feasible short-term fix for the stretch of highway. But a long-term study set to come out in a few months will show if guard rails can make this drive safer.

The long term study will also show if widening and realigning Stringer Bridge Road is possible.

The rumble strips will be installed this weekend.

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