LPPJ Asks LA DOTD for Help on LA 33/Douglas Road Intersection

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) unanimously approved a resolution at last night’s meeting asking the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) to:

take action to provide greater safety to the motoring public and to minimize traffic accidents at the intersections of Louisiana Highway 33, Louisiana Highway 821 and Frasier Road in Lincoln Parish by means of additional signing or signaling to enhance motorist awareness to impending danger.

See here the document.

The issue was discussed during the Public Works Committee meeting.

District Eight’s Skip Russell, who was recently involved in an accident at that location, had some suggestions for LA DOTD.

Said Russell, “As you approach the hill (traveling north on Hwy 33), change the speed limit, reduce it to 45 rather than 55, until it gets past the other curve.” He added, “Put blinking lights up saying ‘dangerous intersection ahead’ on the north-south highway.”

Also, that committee (and the full jury) approved a request from the City of Grambling to pave an area on Marie Street that school buses use for a turnaround.

See here the request.

Committee chair Randy Roberson (District Four) asked the media to advise homeowners that live on parish roads that brick mailboxes are becoming an issue. Whenever maintenance crews mow or otherwise have to maintain the roads and ditches, the brick structures get damaged. Only streets with a curb and gutter can have such mailboxes, Roberson said.

The Public Property and Building Committee met earlier and discussed what to do on a request by operators of Lincoln Hall to buy back their lease on the building.

Before deciding to take no action on the request, the committee seemed cool to any idea that would pay any money to the operators of the facility.

The full jury heard a presentation from representatives of PennTex Midstream, a Houston-based company that is building a $92 million gas processing facility northwest of Simsboro.

The jury unanimously approved the property tax rates for 2014. The rates are the same as 2013, with the exception of the tax that is paying off the construction bonds for the library and events center. The rate this year will be 1.10 mils, down from 1.38 last year.

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