Addis residents not satisfied with J-turn, think traffic light is a necessity

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 10:44pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 1:39pm

The struggle continues for residents who live in the Sugar Mill Plantation neighborhood of Addis, looking to get a traffic light installed at a deadly intersection.

Police Chief Ricky Anderson doesn't hide his disapproval of DOTD's plan to install what's called a "J-turn," forcing vehicles to turn right onto LA 1 and make a U-turn down the road.

"I think it's a big joke myself," Anderson said. "Just not going to be easy for a school bus or 18-wheeler to make a U-turn."

The J-turn will soon be installed, but DOTD said the speed limit will also be lowered - from 55 to 45 miles per hour - to help improve safety.

"Lowering the speed limit is a short-term fix for a long-term problem," Anderson said.

Residents tend to agree. Dozens showed up for a rally in December to push for a traffic light, saying it - over the j-turn and lowering the speed limit - would be the solution to their problem.

"I don't think it's going to help a whole lot," said Rick Clem, who lives in the neighborhood. "Have you seen the traffic, speed-wise? Need to put a light as bad as it is."

A public meeting is being held by DOTD on January 25, at the YMCA in Addis.

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