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Feds looking into Siegen Lane pedestrian safety

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BATON ROUGE - Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge could be a lot safer for bicycle riders and pedestrians, and there's a group trying to make that a reality.

It's part of a federal assessment through the U.S. Department of Transportation. Between 2011 and 2013, two pedestrians died along Siegen Lane, according to the Federal Highway Administration Louisiana Division.

"It's just a scary feeling. It may in fact not be that dangerous, but it just feels scary," said Juan Cruz. "If you want to get from one place to another and go some place it feels uncomfortable and unsafe."

During the on-the-ground assessment groups took notes on the key issues plaguing Siegen Lane. They found that many factors make the road unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists.

"There's no way for people to cross the street on foot safely either at the intersections or anywhere else," said Cruz.

"Too many driveways. There's no street lighting. The speeds are really high," said traffic engineer Sarah Paul-Edel. "There's just a lot of stuff on Siegen that could be done better. We don't have sidewalks out there."

The results of the assessment will be compiled into a report and sent to the Federal Highway Administration headquarters in Washington, D.C.



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