Geaux Wider urges caution after second I-10 wreck in three days

Geaux Wider urges caution after second I-10 wreck in three days

POSTED: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 4:32pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 11:33am

It was almost a driving disaster déjà vu on Interstate 10 Friday morning.

A crash on the eastbound side of the freeway near Essen Lane forced crews to close the interstate just before 5:30 a.m. Unlike Wednesday's tanker crash, I-10 was only closed for about an hour of Friday's commute.

The DOTD Geaux Wider Program says there is not much it can do to stop these wrecks other than to tell drivers to be more careful in construction zones.

"They pose a much greater hazard, obviously," said Bill Grass, a spokesman for Geaux Wider. "Not only because of other motorists, but also the workers, themselves. So we tell the motorists, 'please, obey the speed limits, watch out for construction vehicles, watch out for workers, just be on high alert in these areas.'"

Both closures occurred in the same spot, which happens to be the start of the construction. The speed limit also drops from 60 miles per hour to 50. Geaux Wider, though, doesn't know if that's to blame for the wrecks.

"It's hard to say what it is," said Grass. "It could be motorists traveling eastbound just getting into that construction area. But of course, it is a busy section of I-10, also."

Geaux Wider says the construction projects between Essen Lane and Highland Road should finish in the early part of 2013.

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Start posting "brillant" warning signs on the I-10 east from Lobdell and the west bound lanes of I-12 providing informations about the construction, the danger of the construction and the reduction of the speed limit. Third, increase police presence through out the construction site and issue tickets. Fourth, place signs making the drivers aware of the cost of such violations, i.e, minimum speeding fine $500, etc. One will find that when the cost of an infraction is posted the public will com

"The DOTD Geaux Wider Program says there is not much it can do to stop these wrecks other than to tell drivers to be more careful in construction zones." What a pathetic reply to such a dangerous situation. There are many things that could be done to reduce the occurence of accidents. First, lower the speed limit to 35 MPH at most 40 MPH. After all, and having been a commerical driver for years, anyone knows, speed kills. Second, post additional warnings begining before the "Big Bridge".

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