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BATON ROUGE - An experiment to calm traffic in the Goodwood neighborhood has some wondering if the project will work.

The plan changed several streets in the subdivision into one way roads and directed cars, typically cutting through, to other streets.

Some residents think the changes will make the area safer.

"People would still race down all the side streets, cutting from Goodwood, to Government, to Jefferson, it was really like you weren't living in a neighborhood anymore, if you were walking your dog, or kids were on bikes, they were just in danger," said Nancy Jo Craig, who welcomes the changes.

Some people, though, think the plan has more cars rerouting onto their roads and won't make a difference in the neighborhood.

"It's just not working, so far it's increased traffic in our area, it's pushed the problem into other neighborhoods and other areas, it hasn't decreased traffic in the areas they want it to, it's only made people reroute onto the one ways," said Donald Hodge, who lives near the calming area.

Still, many neighbors think the plan will save lives, if not time.

"When it comes to people who say it takes me five minutes longer to go to the light and go around, what is five minutes when it comes to the safety of the people who live in the neighborhood," said Debi Russell, who lives on a new one-way road.

The plan will last until February, when the experiment will be evaluated before it's made permanent.


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