DOTD installing signs, detours

DOTD workers installing the warning signs on WPA Road.

With a newly installed traffic signal in Des Allemands, more improvements are coming to further address traffic issues that lent to crashes in the area.

Yellow warning signs are being placed to warn motorists of the approaching traffic signal at U.S. 90 and LA 632, said Scott Boyle, assistant district administrator of operations with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). As of Oct. 23, the signs will remain there 30 days.

“We typically use these for new installations where people are not accustomed to seeing a signal at a location they’ve possibly driven through a number of times,” Boyle said.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said the signs are needed.

“I personally witnessed and pulled over a driver who completely ignored the red traffic signal,” Champagne said. “I have heard from residents that they have witnessed this as well. Drivers are so used to a blinking yellow signal there that through habit are simply not recognizing that the light is now a full-cycle red light.”

Boyle said additional enhancements will be made at U.S. Highway 90 and Carlon Drive, about a quarter mile from the new signal. Additional signs, striping and traffic detoured to the new signal are planned.

“In the very near future, motorists won’t be able to access U.S. 90 from LA 631 via Carlon Drive southbound,” he said. “We want people to utilize the new traffic signal as a means of turning onto U.S. 90.”

Boyle said an estimated 33,000 vehicles use the highway in the area.


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