QUESTION: When Jones Creek Road was widened, the bridge over Jones Creek was rebuilt and one guard rail was added, instead of two; thus a vehicle could hit this bridge abutment without the safety of a guard rail. Why was the guard rail not added on one side but the other has side has one?

ANSWER: Ingolf Partenheimer, the city-parish’s chief traffic engineer, has a ready answer for this one:

“When this Green Light Project was built, sidewalks were part of it. The guardrail design for this location is set to protect the pedestrians.

“As the pedestrian sidewalk is next to the roadway, the guardrail couldn’t be put behind the pedestrian walk as it could trap the pedestrian between the guard rail and the errant vehicle.

“Conversely, the guardrail couldn’t be put in front of the pedestrian walk either as the pedestrian would have to go over it to continue down the pedestrian sidewalk and across the bridge.

“This left the option of no guardrail and more room to stop for the errant vehicle and more safety for the pedestrians.”

Those !@#$% phone scams!

QUESTION: My wife and I have received a call three times in the last 24 hours stating that “we are calling to inform you that the IRS is suing you and you need to call 1-509-228-3506 for more important information as soon as possible.” These calls are automated. We saw something on the news about this being a scam. Do you know anything about this? Will this phone number help authorities?

ANSWER: There are a number of ways to spot this all-too-common scam, says Aaron Sadler, communications director for Louisiana Attorney General Caldwell.

First, the IRS never calls to demand payments nor does the agency reach out by phone about taxes owed without first sending a bill in the mail.

Louisiana residents also should be skeptical of anyone claiming to be from the IRS who:

— Demands a payment without giving an opportunity to question or appeal the amount supposedly owed.

— Requires a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

— Asks for credit or debit card numbers via phone or email.

— Threatens to bring in law enforcement.

Victims of the scam should refrain from communication with the con artist and contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040 or www.IRS.gov. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function should be reported to phishing@irs.gov. You can also visit the Louisiana Attorney General’s website, www.AGBuddyCaldwell.com, or call the Attorney General’s hotline, (800) 351-4889.

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