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Police Jury wants temporary signal to ease congestion near Holly Hill

Last Modified: Friday, June 06, 2014 1:26 PM

By John Guidroz / American Press

Calcasieu Parish police jurors agreed on Thursday to send state transportation officials a resolution asking for a temporary traffic signal to ease congestion at the intersection of Prien Lake and Holly Hill roads.

The decision echoes what Lake Charles City Council officials are pushing the state Department of Transportation and Development to do. The intersection is within Lake Charles city limits. Prien Lake Road is a state route, and Holly Hill Road is a city route.

The area is represented by District 5 Police Juror Nic Hunter and City Councilman Stuart Weatherford. Hunter said he and Weatherford have pushed for a traffic signal at the intersection, but the DOTD has not committed to the idea.

“Local representation has been a little disappointed,” Hunter said. “We would’ve liked to have seen something a long time ago.”

Hunter said residents who live in subdivisions along Holly Hill Road have complained about the traffic, especially drivers who attempt to turn left onto Prien Lake Road. He said the construction along Sale Road has only made the problem worse.

“To get 50 feet out of their neighborhood to go to Target, they have to go around the world right now,” he said. “We like that we’re growing and that we have traffic, but let’s not forget about the people that are here already.”

Tim Conner, the parish’s engineer, said the state has plans to build a roundabout at the intersection, but that work wouldn’t start until construction along Sale Road is finished.

“The signal would be temporary until the roundabout is constructed,” he said. “The reason you get a lot of traffic there is because Sale Road is closed. You have a lot of people going on Holly Hill to get to Prien Lake.”

Coastal director

Police jurors heard from Nedra Davis, recently elected executive director of the Chenier Plain Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

The authority acts as a levee board for Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion parishes and is made up of three members from each parish.

Davis said her top priority is to secure funding for the projects listed in the 50-year costal restoration master plan developed by the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

“We’re going to be looking at grants,” she said. “We also have a foundation — the Chenier Plain Endowment.”

The authority will meet at 6 p.m. July 15 in the SEED Center, 4310 Ryan St.

Posted By: Steve On: 6/8/2014

Title: Traffic Light.....

A light is needed, and has always been needed. It has gotten worst not because of the bridge replacement on Sale, but because of the sheer increase in traffic due to increased population. Also creating the problem is the speeds drivers go on that stretch of road (Prien), drivers know what waiting up ahead at the intersection of Lake and Prein and drive way to fast to get there. Police that stretch more and cops need to police the intersection of Lake and Prien. Drivers ignore the lights and block traffic. At every light change there will be one or two cars running the light and blocking traffic.

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