Central residents upset after speed signs go missing
POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 8:20pm
CENTRAL, La (NBC33) — Speeding has almost always been a problem along Greenwell Springs Road in Central.
"There have been several wrecks along this stretch including some fatalities over the years," said David Barrow, Chief Adminstrative Officer with the City of Central.
"Many of them have witnessed terrible tragic accidents in front of their houses," added Gail Lloyd.
After a deadly accident along Greenwell Springs just a year ago, the City of Central asked DOTD for more signs, warning people about the speed limit. When they were refused, citizens started to take matters into their own hands.
"Knowing that DOTD has a waiting list and it would take probably years to get anything done by DOTD, a friend of mine and I came up with the idea of doing signs," Lloyd said.
Gail Lloyd and her friends posted signs warning drivers of the 45 MPH speed limit along Greenwell Springs road. For months the signs warned drivers to slow down and drive the speed limit.
"I have heard from a lot of people that 'hey your signs make me remember to set my cruise at 45 and slow down,'" Lloyd confessed.
That was until last week, when they were taken down.
"DOTD crews as part of their routine maintenance came by and picked up the signs that were actually in the right-of-way or tacked on to trees," Barrow explained.
But when we called DOTD, they said they had no record of taking the signs down. Lloyd said her fight isn't over and she has already ordered more signs.
"I am hoping that they did not take them down for no reason. I hope that they are planning to do something very quickly. In the meantime I feel like they've left the road dangerous again," Lloyd added.
Barrow said the City of Central’s administration plans to ask DOTD for more speed limit signs. Lloyd said until then, she'll be making her signs available for people who want to put them on their property.