This Friday, August 5, motorists navigating the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge will see signs warning them not to speed across the 18-mile bridge.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the signs are part of a three-phase process in response to Senate bill 435/ACT 426 that established the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge as a safety corridor for freeways.
The establishment of this highway safety corridor went into effect on August 1 and calls on the DOTD to:
- Install additional signage on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge
- Install security cameras to monitor vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit
- Issue warnings and quotes
What is the installation schedule for these three phases?
The first phase is for crews to install additional signage throughout the corridor. These “Higher Fines” signs can be seen near the bridge ramps at both ends of I-10 and on ramps at the Whiskey Bay and Butte LaRose exits. “Safety Corridor” signs will also be posted before the bridge approaches to warn motorists of the changes.
Phase two of the plan is to place automatic radar feedback signs showing motorists’ speeds along the 18-mile stretch of freeway. These signs warn motorists to slow down if they are speeding. The “Radar Feedback” signs are still being designed and DOTD expects this project to be tendered by the end of the year.
In the third phase, cameras will be set up to monitor the speed of motorists. The camera system is also still under development, as is placement and the process of how the department will monitor and enforce those fines.
(This is the part that says anyone who makes it from one end of the bridge to the other in less than 18 minutes is, by law, subject to a fine. And, of course, that fine will be double what it used to be, where the amount for multiple offenses increases.)
When can we expect cameras enforcing the speed limit on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge?
Given all of this, Department of Transportation officials openly admit that the cameras likely won’t be installed and operational until sometime in 2023.
Keep in mind that while these cameras aren’t installed yet, that doesn’t mean state troopers and local law enforcement can’t issue you a speeding ticket with good old-fashioned speed cameras.
What was the trigger for this new “Highway Safety Corridor”?
DOTD says that in 2021 the number of auto accidents has increased nationwide, with a total of 971 fatalities, a 17 percent increase from 2020. The highway safety corridor will focus on reducing the number of fatal accidents, which often leave the Basin Bridge closed for hours is a time.
The safety cameras are designed to reduce speeding and consequently speed differentials, which can lead to serious accidents, especially since the bridge has narrow shoulders that leave little room for those speeding to recover.
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