St. Martin officials never informed on Highway 31 project

A state Department of Transportation and Development project to reduce a four-lane section of Louisiana Highway 31 through St. Martinville down to three has not been warmly received by St. Martin Parish officials.

Officials say they didn’t learn of the changes until after the contract for the work had been signed.

DOTD officials, though acknowledging the need for better communication, argue the project is to address safety issues on the 2.2-mile stretch of highway.

DOTD spokeswoman Deidra Druilhet says traffic safety study found 80 crashes on a portion of the four-lane through St. Martinville from 2011 to 2013.

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