QUESTION: When turning onto Old Jefferson Highway at the intersection of Tiger Bend Road, you soon encounter several blocks of ditches holding water and roadside trash. Is there a plan to correct this unsightly and unhealthy breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects and vermin?

ANSWER: Brendan J. Rush, customer service manager with the state Department of Transportation and Development, says: “Last summer our crews went out to this location and cleared the ditches to help with drainage from Angelo’s Garden Center and Guillory Trucking back to the Claycut Bayou at Mason’s Grill. We certainly improved the situation but will go out and look at it again.

“As far as the trash, we regularly remove trash and litter from the sides of the road and within days it returns. Unfortunately littering is an ongoing problem that we address daily and will continue until people take the initiative to be more aware of litter.”

Medicine take-back

QUESTION: In the past, there has been a medication disposal collection at the Louisiana State Police station at Perkins Road and Interstate 10. Will there be another one anytime soon?

ANSWER: We’re glad you asked.

Sgt. Nick Manale, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, tells us the annual Drug Take Back Initiative will be held this year on April 30 at locations across the state.

Every Louisiana State Police Troop location participates in the event, as well as numerous other locations such as pharmacies and local law enforcement offices.

For more information visit to takeback page on the Drug Enforcement Administration site

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