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(Special to the American Press)

(Special to the American Press)

U-turns illegal at certain spots in some cities

Last Modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:11 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

I go through the area around Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Second Avenue.

At the Intersection of Second Avenue and Oak Park Boulevard, people who are heading west on Oak Park Boulevard make a U-turn so that they can go into that parking lot across from the hospital.

Is it legal for them to make a U-turn there? I thought U-turns were illegal no matter where.

No state law forbids U-turns, but ordinances in several cities limit where they can be made.

According to Section 20-45 of the Lake Charles city code, U-turns are illegal at the following intersections:

Lakeshore Drive at Clarence Street.

Lakeshore at Pujo Street.

Lakeshore at Broad Street.

Lakeshore at Kirby Street.

McNeese Street at Lake Street.

Ryan Street at Clarence.

Opelousas Street at Cherry Street.

Opelousas at Prater Street.

Enterprise Boulevard at Fournet Street.

Enterprise at 12th Street.

Louisiana Avenue at School Street.

The Sulphur code bars U-turns on the following streets:

Maplewood Drive.

U.S. 90.

Cypress Street.

Burton Street.

Henning Drive.

Parish Road.

Logan Street.

Claiborne Street.

Crocker Street.

Picard Road.

Ruth Street/Huntington Street/La. 27.

Doiron Street.

Lewis Street/Maple Street.

Kent Drive.

Arizona Street.

Post Oak Road.

Hazel Street.

Starlin Street.

Fairview Street.

Carlton Street.

La. 108/Cities Service Highway.

Prater Road.

Additionally, DeQuincy’s code prohibits U-turns at two Pine Street intersections, and the city of DeRidder bans them altogether.

Online: www.municode.com; www.legis.la.gov.

Fees fund operation, system maintenance

We’ve been paying the sewer usage fee in Lake Charles for years. I’d like to know where this money goes?

“Sewer user fees are for the operations, maintenance and capital improvements of the wastewater system,” City Administrator John Cardone wrote in an email.

“This includes materials, supplies, equipment, lift stations, transportation lines and the sewer treatment plant.”

Online: www.cityoflakecharles.com.

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 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.

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