By T. Scott Boatright
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has four-way stop sign is the best way to make one of Lincoln Parish’s most dangerous intersections safer.
And the DOTD plans to make that happen on June 2 (weather permitting) when it plans to convert
The intersection of La. Hwy. 150 (“Old Grambling Road”) and La. Hwy. 818 (Tarbutton Road) has been changed from a two-way stop with flashing beacon to an all-way stop.
That comes as the result of a Road Safety Assessment conducted by DOTD, the Regional Transportation Safety Coalition, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, the City of Ruston, and local law enforcement.
The Lincoln Parish Journal first reported on May 5 that Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark said the change was coming.
“Some people have called and said it should be a red light instead of a four-way stop,” Clark said during Thursday night’s Grambling City Council meeting. “But the DOTD data indicates that more accidents are likely at red lights than they are at four-way stops, so they felt that was the best and safest way to go.”
Clark said patrols have increased after the addition of the new stop signs.
“A lot of people are still making those rolling, ‘California-stops’ and they’re being pulled over and being issued tickets,” Clark said. “Come to a complete stop and do it right or you will get a ticket.”