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I-210 considered a ‘bypass,’ not a ‘loop’

Last Modified: Monday, February 24, 2014 11:40 AM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

On Interstate 10, on both east and west sides of Lake Charles, where I-210 exits, there are signs stating: “I-210 Lake Charles By-Pass.” When I-210 first opened, the original signs were just as it says above.

Later, when tourists were confused by the signs indicating that they could bypass the city, the Department of Transportation changed the signs to “Lake Charles Loop.”

Now, the signs are back to where they were in the initial opening of the I-210 loop. Has the perception of the I-210 interchange changed? And why spend the money to change something that apparently wasn’t a problem?

Deidra Druilhet, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation and Development, said the previous signs had reached the end of their design life and needed to be replaced.

She said the old signs met the design standards for their time and that the new ones meet today’s standards.

According to the latest edition of the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which sets the rules on signs and road markings, a loop is “a route that departs from a mainline route and then rejoins the same mainline route at a subsequent point downstream.”

A bypass, the MUTCD says, is “a route that branches from the numbered route through a city, bypasses a part of the city or congested area, and rejoins the numbered route beyond the city.”

Interstate 210 meets both definitions, but is more accurately described by the latter term.

Online: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov.

Drivers must use lights with wipers

Is there a law that says people have to turn their headlights on when they use their windshield wipers?

Yes.

R.S. 32:301 says drivers must use their headlights “when moisture in the air or precipitation necessitates the continuous use of windshield wipers.”

Online: www.legis.la.gov.

LDWF operator list incomplete in spots

The Informer on Wednesday answered a question about who residents can call to wrangle bats that have made nuisances of themselves. The column listed the names of three people listed on the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ nuisance animal operator list.

The list — available at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nwco — features the operators’ phone numbers, along with the kinds of animals they handle and the parishes they work in. But Kori Legleu, a wildlife biologist with the agency, said Wednesday that the information on the list is incomplete in some cases.

She offered an additional name — Robert Sonnier, whose listing only mentions furbearers, reptiles and birds. She said Sonnier, of Westlake, does handle bats and works statewide. Sonnier told The Informer that he also handles nuisance alligators.

His phone numbers are 438-1194 and 438-1193.

The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.

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