DOTD to re-examine La. 378 Spur intersection

By By Andrew Perzo / American Press

I

live in Moss Bluff, and I saw yet another horrible accident at the

corner of La. 378 and the La. 378 Spur, where they placed

a yield sign a few years ago for people to yield to oncoming

traffic turning in front of them — for whatever reason, I don’t

know.

Why doesn’t the highway department put a light at that intersection? The yield sign was a terrible idea.

Studies have shown that a signal isn’t

appropriate for the intersection, but the state Department of

Transportation and Development

will re-examine the area to see if a traffic light should be

installed, said agency spokeswoman Deidra Druilhet.

The Informer fielded a similar question in May 2012, a year or so after the yield sign was installed.

Steve Jiles, the DOTD’s regional

administrator, said then that the yield sign was necessary “to control

the channelized westbound

right-turn movement from La. 378 to the La. 378 Spur, which

conflicts with the eastbound left-turn movement.”

In 2010, the year before the sign went up, The Informer answered a question about rights of way at the intersection.

The reader noted the absence of a yield sign and asked for guidance.

A DOTD official explained which drivers took precedence and said officials would review the intersection and that “if needed,

action will be taken to better communicate these movements.”

Placement of the yield sign followed.

Employers free to set vacation policies

Can you please explain how you accumulate vacation days?

Neither state nor federal law says employers must offer workers vacation days. Employers are free to devise their own accrual

system.

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Settlement amount fell within deductible

Why did the city of Lake Charles have to use taxpayer money to settle the recent sexual harassment lawsuit?

Officials used public funds to pay the settlement, which totaled $175,000, because the amount fell within the city’s $500,000

insurance deductible, said Billy Loftin, city attorney.

“When we evaluate these cases we know that we have to pay the deductible amount with city funds,” he wrote in an email.

“In deciding whether to settle, several factors are considered, including the cost to defend the claim at trial and the city’s

potential liability exposure.

“We do not recommend settlement unless we feel it fair and is in the city’s best interest.”

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.