A driver was killed and two passengers were injured at an allegedly dangerous intersection just north of Addis, Louisiana on Saturday. The accident occurred at the intersection of LA-1 and Sugar Plantation Road in West Baton Rouge Parish. The vehicle of the driver killed was sideswiped as it headed south and came to rest in a nearby ditch. Earlier this year, a collision at the same location took the life of Anne Browne, sister of Louisiana State University head football coach Les Miles.
Residents of neighboring Sugar Mills Plantation Subdivision believe the intersection is so dangerous some refuse to allow their children to ride through it on a school bus. According to residents, the intersection is the only way to enter or exit their rapidly growing subdivision. Although they unsuccessfully lobbied for a traffic light to be installed at the intersection in the past, the latest fatality has renewed their pleas. Residents are currently seeking to draw more attention to the dangers presented to drivers due to the lack of a traffic light at the intersection. Officials with the town of Addis would also like to see a traffic light installed at the intersection.
They believe it is one of the most hazardous intersections in the area. Unfortunately, LA-1 is managed by the state and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development officials disagree. Instead, the state plans to install what is known as a j-turn lane which would require drivers to take a right hand turn when exiting the subdivision. Drivers seeking to travel in the opposite direction would then be required to make a u-turn down the road. Some residents believe the state’s j-turn plan will simply move traffic accidents and more potential fatalities down the road.
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