DOTD announces removal and upgrade of traffic signals at Opelousas intersections
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:23:00 PM
OPELOUSAS, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that on Wednesday, May 22, it will begin the process to remove the traffic signal located at the intersection of U.S. 190 westbound (Landry Street) and La. 3253 (Academy Street) in Opelousas.

As part of the removal process, the existing signal will flash for 30 days to alert motorists of the ensuing traffic pattern change. Once the 30-day period has expired, stop signs will be placed on the Academy Street approaches.

In addition to the removal of the traffic signal, DOTD also has a $854 thousand project to upgrade traffic signals in St. Landry Parish.

With the exception of the traffic signal located at Landry Street and Academy Street, the following 10 signals in Opelousas will be completely upgraded.

• Landry at Union
• Landry at Main
• Landry at S. Court
• Landry at S. Market
• Vine at Main
• Vine at Union
• Vine at Academy
• Creswell at Union
• Creswell at W. Service Rd
• Creswell at E. Service Rd

As part of the signal upgrade project, the existing span wire signals at the specified intersections will be replaced with mast arm signals, which will provide better support to the signal heads. The signal upgrade will also allow for the installation of pedestrian heads at all intersections except the two Creswell Service Road intersections.

The new signals will greatly reduce the amount of wind damage and necessary maintenance currently at the intersections. The project is estimated to begin fall 2013.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 930 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD's Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Motorists can access up-to-date travel information by dialing 511 or by visiting Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).