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Apr 22, 2013 8:20 AM by AP/CS

US 61 'J-turn' work draws criticism

PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - A $1.4 million state project using a highway design feature called the J-turn to move traffic through one of Ascension Parish's busiest intersections more smoothly is hitting a few bumps along the road.

State highway officials said the contractor is not expected to finish until late April or early May, but many of the changes to the La. 42/U.S Highway 61 intersection are already operational. Some drivers and business owners tell The Advocate they are not happy with the upgrades so far.

The concerns include the timing of the traffic light, the inconvenience of having to use J-turns instead of a normal left turn and a lack of signage that has drivers incorrectly waiting at what is supposed to be a new free-flowing right-turn lane on La. 42 westbound.

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