When we think of roads in need of repairs, we often think of the main roads – Ambassador Caffery, Johnston Street, Kaliste Saloom Road, etc.
But what about our country roads? Recently, a report released by the research institute TRIP gave Louisiana a very poor score when it comes to our highways – the 15th highest in the country. 15% of the state’s rural roads are rated poor, according to nola.com.
When we think of road construction, we often think of potholes that need repairing or roads that need resurfacing.
But what about roads that contain dangerous curves? Curves that make the area more prone to falls, especially in the rain.
In July of last year, five “curvy” streets that meet these criteria were identified in Lafayette Parish. According to a press release from Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s chief communications officer Jamie Angelle, funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and managed by the Louisiana Department of Transportation wanted to treat these roads with non-slip surface treatments.
Fast forward to now, as the project is finally set to officially begin on October 30, 2022. According to the Louisiana DOTD, it’s a $316,490.50 project that will include installing signage and lane markings in the curves on some roads, and High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST). ) also on some roads. HFST is used to provide road surface friction to improve overall road traction on wet or dry surfaces, dramatically reducing accidents, injuries and fatalities. The Acadiana Planning Commission/MPO and employees of the Lafayette Consolidated Government Traffic, Roads and Bridges worked together to secure the money to repair these roads.
How effective is the treatment and what is the project schedule?
According to an FHWA report, it is estimated to reduce wet crashes by 83 percent and total crashes by 57 percent.
This much-needed roadwork is expected to begin on October 30th and work will be carried out Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm, weather permitting. There will be intermittent lane closures in the work areas and drivers should expect some delays. The project is expected to be completed in January 2023.
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https://kpel965.com/fixing-our-rural-roads-federal-funds-to-address-curvy-accident-prone-roads-in-lafayette-parish-photos/ Federal Money to Repair “Curvy” Accident-Prone Roads in Lafayette