Sep 15, 2011 9:05 AM by Lauren Wilson

Ask Joey - September 15, 2011

Parish President Joey Durel can be seen on GMA every Thursday around 6:40am to answer your questions. This week Joey Durel answered the following questions, please watch the video attached to hear the answers.

1) From Brett Champion: Why is the 2nd left turn lane from Kaliste Saloom to Camellia Blvd not open yet? All the others are open yet this one is not and it has been completed for well over a year now?

Answer: The lane will be opened when the demand of traffic turning left on this approach exceeds the current capacity. The reason it has not been opened yet is that opening the other left turn lane would have a negative impact the ability for a left turning vehicle to see vehicles in the oncoming conflicting thru lane.

When the left turn lane is closed (as it is today) the oncoming vehicles are able to see the lanes of traffic which determine whether or not they can safely make a left hand turn on a flashing yellow arrow. Once the volume of traffic determines that the left hand turn lane can open, the site distances will mandate that left turns at this intersection will be protected only (green arrow only). Configuring the lefts to be protected only would have a negative impact on the signal capacity and would be less efficient then it operates today.

2) From Dwayne Quebedeaux: The city recycles and gets the proceeds from the recycling of products that is in the bins provided. Why does the city not recycle used batteries? I am speaking of consumer batteries, not car or batteries for outdoor use. Even once a year at the UL Football parking lot would be better than putting them into the environment.

Answer: There is a lot to address in this question. First, Lafayette Consolidated Government does not actually receive revenue from the sale of the recyclables collected by the Recycling Foundation. The Foundation uses the revenue from the sale of recyclables to defray the cost of their business overhead.

Second, LCG does not collect rechargeable batteries, which are recyclable, because there is a system in place which allows citizens to drop the batteries off for free at one of 23 locations throughout Lafayette. The complete listing of where rechargeable batteries can be dropped for free is included in the Lafayette PRIDE Guide on page 16 (available on the LCG website under PW- Environmental Quality). We try to avoid paying for a recycling service that is offered to the public for free through other businesses.

As long as we are discussing trash, it is a great opportunity to remind people about the upcoming Household chemical day - Saturday, October 22, from 8 a.m. until noon at Cajun Field parking lot. In addition, we will be having the Neighborhood Cleanup Day on October 29th. We will be talking about that in the weeks to come.

If you have a question for Joey Durel go to under the GMA tap and click "submit Joey Durel question"



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