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Dangerous road concerns St. Amant residents

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POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 10:26am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:50pm

Residents in St. Amant are shocked over the deadly crash that left two young girls dead Tuesday night. State police say their mother lost control of her car and swerved into Black Bayou off of Stringer Bridge Road. Residents say this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.

Right now, Stringer Bridge Road doesn’t have anything that will keep cars on the road and out of the water. Some residents have sent out letters and made phone calls to their local representatives, hoping that someone can do something to stop the crashes from happening.

One of our viewers sent us a letter she emailed to her representatives:

“Senator Amedee and Representative Berthelot,

"By now, I am sure you are both well aware of the accident last night, February 21, 2012, that claimed the lives of the two small children, Faith Encalade, 9, and Patience Encalade, 7, on Stringer Bridge Road (LA Highway 935) in St. Amant, Louisiana. As residents of Ascension Parish, I trust that the both of you have traveled Stringer Bridge Road and are aware of its curves and its proximity to Black Bayou.

"My question to the both of you is how many lives must be lost before something is done about it?

"I'm sure there are a number of solutions to fixing the dangers of traveling Stringer Bridge Road and the nearly 180 degree turn it makes near Laurel Ridge, where the accident occurred. I've even attached a screenshot of the Google Map of the area for your ease of review. One solution could be to place cables along the road similar to those being used in the medians of the interstates in the area that are designed to keep cars from crossing the median, or in this case, going into the bayou. Another solution would be to place guard rails along that stretch of road, similar to those that are on most bridges, overpasses, and some deep ditches. Both of these solutions would prevent cars from going into the bayou and would be the least invasive to those residents that live in the area. I'm sure the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development could also suggest other solutions that would make our roads safer, while still being as least invasive as possible.

"I pray that, as my elected officials and as state elected officials for Ascension Parish, you will take the necessary actions in helping improve the safety of our roads in the community and help make Ascension Parish even better.

"Thank you for your time, attention, understanding and continued hard work to make Ascension Parish and the State of Louisiana a better place to live.”

She received this response from Representative Bertholot.

"Thank you for the email. What a tragedy, my heart goes out to this family. I went out to the site this afternoon, and I spoke to Chief LeBlanc about the matter. I have also sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development, Ms. LeBas, asking for a detailed traffic and safety analysis for that area. It is my hope that something can be done to make this road safer and this type of accident avoided in the future. Again, I thank you for taking your time to get involved and I appreciate the kind words. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if you need assistance from my office."

With best regards,
John Berthelot”

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