DOTD proposes Ryan Street improvements

DOTD proposes Ryan Street improvements

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Department of Transportation and Development discussed some potential traffic changes along Ryan Street.

The traffic study was done between Eddy Street and McNeese Street analyzing the history and types of crashes.

From 2013 to 2015, there were 796 crashes along that stretch of Ryan and 111 on McNeese Street between Ryan Street and Common Street.

Following these results, DOTD provided short-term solutions including turn restrictions on Sale Road and School Street and signal timing modifications.

The long-term solutions, however, were more in-depth.

They included reducing driveway access to businesses along Ryan Street, narrowing Ryan Street from four lanes down to three with a center turning lane, bike lane, and improving sidewalks. One other alternative suggesting making Ryan Street a one-way southbound and Common Street a one-way going north.

The long-term plans had the public split.

“I understand what they want to do in essence and it would be beneficial. I’m just saying there are a lot of logistical problems that are going to interfere and push back the start date, so the public is going to get angry probably if they don’t see anything going. There’s just a lot of logistical problems they’ve got to solve before they’ll actually be able to do anything that. You know, will in the long run end up being beneficial?" Jerry Tygrett, a retired DOTD worker, said.

“Reducing the driveways is the greatest thing that they can do. Even if they don’t do anything else, just doing that will make it so much safer. Not just safety, but congestion as well with less turns," Catherine Molnar, who works on Ryan Street, said.

DOTD will be accepting comments to be considered from the public regarding their plans until Mar. 5.

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