Temporary signal planned on La. 1 intersection at Addis

Deidre Cruse

A temporary traffic signal will be installed at La. 1 and Sugar Plantation Parkway at Addis until the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) builds a J-turn and frontage road projects to make the intersection safer.

“We continually work with state representatives and local communities to improve traffic flow and increase safety,” DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas said. “We are committed to balancing the needs of the Sugar Mill Plantation subdivision with those of the La 1 corridor and a temporary signal provides an interim solution until the frontage roads and J-turn are constructed.”?

Once the frontage roads and J-turn projects are completed, residents of Sugar Mill Plantation will have the option of using the adjacent traffic signal at Lukeville Road or the newly completed J-turn to access La. 1.

Both projects are part of a DOTD initiative to preserve traffic flow on the La. 1 corridor while providing improved access and safety for local residents.

Additionally, DOTD has begun an in-depth corridor study that will analyze potential traffic and safety improvements for the approximate 40,000 motorists who travel La. 1 for their daily commutes along with the extensive truck traffic that serves businesses and industry throughout the area.

The study will review and plan for the long-range growth and development of the corridor.

Working in conjunction with local officials and residents, DOTD made the decision to install the temporary signal. This comes in addition to safety improvements made to the intersection during the last month including lowering the speed limit, installing new signage and modifying the intersection pavement markings.

The temporary signal will be installed within the next two to three months.

The J-turn project will be delayed until the frontage road project is designed. The project will involve building frontage roads along La. 1 between Sugar Mill Parkway and Lukeville Road. The design and property acquisition preconstruction work should take approximately 24 months to complete.