May 19, 2011 6:24 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (AP) - State officials have reduced the speed limit on a stretch of U.S. Highway 190 in hopes of reducing the danger of cars or trucks colliding with animals displaced by the opening of the Morganza Spillway gates.
The usual 60-mile-per-hour speed limit between the towns of Lottie and Krotz Springs - about an 8-mile stretch - is being reduced to 45-miles-per hour, the state said in a Wednesday news release. Saturday's opening of the spillway has sent water into the Atchafalaya River basin, sending wildlife of all kinds scurrying to higher ground.
Capt. Frank Ducote of Louisiana State Police
Troop A says the reduced speed limit is aimed at reducing
collisions by giving drivers more time to react to animals crossing the highway.