Posted: Feb 9, 2012 9:45 AM by AP
ADDIS, La. (AP) - The state Department of Transportation and Development will install a traffic signal at the intersection of La. Highway 1 and Sugar Plantation Parkway in Addis, a crossing where three people died last year.
The Advocate reports DOTD originally rejected installing a traffic signal at that location, planning instead to redesign the intersection by adding J-turns, or two dedicated lanes along the median for drivers to use for turning onto La. 1.
Jodi Conachen, the agency's director of communications, previously said red lights are traffic control devices, and would only reduce wrecks by 5 percent, while J-turns would address public safety and reduce collisions at an estimated rate of 20 percent.
Conachen said DOTD is still moving forward with the dedicated turn lanes.