I-49 road changes

The Department Of Transportation and Development is making changes to address safety concerns in upper Lafayette. Starting Saturday at 7 a.m. left turn and crossover restrictions will begin on Pont Des Mouton Road and the Acadian Hills I-49 service road.

The Department Of Transportation and Development is making changes to address safety concerns in upper Lafayette. Starting Saturday at 7 a.m. left turn and crossover restrictions will begin on Pont Des Mouton Road and the Acadian Hills I-49 service Road.

Michael Citron, part owner of Hub City Ford knows first-hand the need for road restrictions in the Pont Des Mouton area.

He says, “I have personally been involved in several accidents where people have gone through these stop signs and yield signs and been blind-sided.”

Citron also says traffic has gotten worse with the expansion of north Lafayette. He says something has to be done to curb traffic and accidents.

Citron says, “Every day we turn around there’s a new business breaking ground. We’ve got to stop the traffic; They’re paying no attention to turn signals. At five o-clock it’s a mad house up in upper Lafayette””

While many think road restrictions are a good start, some also believe they may come with growing pains at first.

Michael Neal, a service manager at Buffalo Wild Wings in North Lafayette says “From being almost hit probably once or twice trying to turn left to go to the bank or something I think it will help. It’s going to “tick” some people off too that now I have to go down there, make a U-turn and come back. Although the changes, I definitely think it’s going to help things.”

But many, like Citron also believe the next step to make the Pont Des Mouton road area safer, is adding traffic lights.

He says, “We really, really need some help out here with some traffic signals, it’s just dangerous to get to work, to go home from work or just cross the street for our businesses.”

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