Concerned Shongaloo residents may not have gotten a traffic control light at Bailey's Crossing, but according to Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, residents did receive multiple other safety enhancements at the intersection of LA 159 with LA 157 and LA 615.
"Traffic studies have determined a flashing beacon at the intersection is not warranted," DOTD spokesperson Susan Stafford said in an email. "However, DOTD has implemented the following to enhance the intersection to make motorists more aware of the 4-way stop."
Stafford listed the enhancements:
Added a series of rumble strips approximately 450 feet in advance of the existing stop bars in all four directions.
Added a series of rumble strips approximately 750 feet in advance of the existing stop bars in all four directions.
Replaced all existing 36-inch stop signs with 48-inch stop signs.
Re-striped all existing stop bars.
Installed one "No Parking on Shoulder" sign in the northbound direction at the south end of the convenience store parking lot.
Replaced/straightened any existing signs.
Trimmed brush and tree branches in the southbound direction to increase sight distance for southbound and eastbound traffic.
"I think it's going to help," District 4 Webster Parish Police Jury member Randy Thomas said at the August 7 meeting. "Some wanted a red light, but we couldn't get DOTD to quite go that far."
Thomas thanked a number of people for their help: Debbie Brown, assistant to Representative Gene Reynolds; Bobby Garrett, assistant to Senator Robert Adley; Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton; and James Madden, of Madden Construction.
"I just want to thank those people for their assistance and their guidance," Thomas said. "And also DOTD. Once they agreed to do it, it was done just in a day or so."
In June, WPPJ passed a resolution at Thomas' request, asking DOTD to provide better safety features at the intersection.
When state highways are involved, municipalities and parishes may only pass resolutions requesting DOTD install lights or other safety equipment.
WPPJ passed a similar resolution in October 2011 regarding the intersection of Goodwill Road and Bellvue Road (LA 528).
A DOTD study concluded that nothing more than existing signage was necessary.
However, the jury voted in February, again at Thomas' request, to place rumble strips at the intersection on the parish maintained Goodwill Road.