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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Full Corridor Study Planned For Hwy. 3235

Full Corridor Study Planned For Hwy. 3235

Hwy. 3235

Leeville toll collectors now on fall/winter schedule

After numerous fatal accidents at many of its key intersections and requests by local state legislative officials, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has approved a full corridor study of Louisiana Highway 3235, from the northern intersection at Louisiana Highway 24 south to its termination at the intersection with Louisiana Highway 1 in Golden Meadow.

According to Henri Boulet, Executive Director of the LA1 Coalition, the study is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Slated to take approximately one year to complete, the corridor study will include a full safety analysis of the highway including all intersections, u-turns, and stopping and yielding points.

The study will also include information on motorists’ speed patterns, a vehicle capacity analysis, and a further review of intersections for potential implementation of traffic control devices (signal lights).

According to correspondence from DOTD, several short-term safety improvements are being undertaken along Hwy. 3235, including the installation of rumble strips on both sides of the roadway in both directions, replacing all stop signs on side approach streets with oversized stop signs, and installing advanced warning signs with flashing lights on both approaches at the intersection with LA Hwy. 3162, better known as the “Cut Off connection”.

DOTD is also in the beginning stages of conducting a separate safety review for LA Hwy. 657, better known as the “Larose connector”. This review will take into consideration traffic counts, a speed survey and other technical data to determine the need for a traffic signal at the intersection with Hwy. 3235.

This review should be completed in approximately 75 days.

“Upon the conclusion of these surveys, there should be several solid recommendations on how to improve traffic safety for businesses and residents along the Highway 3235 corridor,” Boulet said.

Regarding toll collections at the Leeville overpass, DOTD personnel have recently moved to a fall/winter schedule for collections. Toll collectors will now be in place from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

These times will remain in place thru early spring of next year when the spring/summer schedule will commence.

At times when toll takes are not present, motorists will have to use the toll machine to pay for entrance to the overpass.

Should trouble with paying be encountered, a help feature is prominently displayed on the box that will connect the motorist with an individual who will be able to provide assistance.