Dangerous intersection prompts action from residents

Monday, December 19, 2011 - 1:16pm

ADDIS, LA (FOX44) — What neighbors say is a dangerous intersection in West Baton Rouge Parish proves to be once again this weekend.

One person was killed at the intersection of LA-1 and Sugar Plantation Parkway in Addis on Saturday, Dec. 17. Witnesses say the female driver was sideswiped in the southbound lane, her vehicle landed in the ditch, and she died later that day.

This is the same intersection that claimed the life of LSU Coach Les Miles' sister back in April 2011.

People who live in the neighborhood nearby are now renewing their calls for the state to install a traffic signal before another life is lost at the same spot.

It’s an intersection, parents say is so dangerous, they won't even allow their children to ride the school bus through it.

"Everyday I'm ok with them coming home on bus because it's turning in, but I do not allow them to leave out on bus," Keri Hebert, a resident who lives near the intersection, said.

"I don't know how many people have to get killed before they start to pay attention," Jim Benoit, resident in the area, said.

The intersection of LA-1 and Sugar Plantation Parkway in Addis, is the only road leading into the fast growing, Sugar Mills Plantation Subdivision.

"At this point, it's enter, or exit, at your own risk and that's sad,” Leslie Breaux, said. “Very sad for the neighborhood."

And the neighborhood has seen enough to be wary, and extra careful when approaching, especially during rush hour.

"When you try to leave out of here at 7:30 or 5:00 in the afternoon, you truly take your life into your own hands."

"This is enough. It's time for our voices to be heard."

The neighborhood has come together before, rallying for a traffic signal to be installed at the intersection. In light of the latest fatality, the people are back out, and plan on adding more numbers to their ranks, as they demand help from the state to get the signal installed.

"That would alleviate all traffic issues. You know when to go. It'd be safe."

The neighborhood group has started a Facebook page for their cause, and plans on holding a rally Wednesday afternoon, to bring more attention to that deadly intersection.


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