Video update: Some welcome relief as Nicholson gets new left-turn arrows at bustling Brightside, West Lee intersection _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A driver uses a newly installed left-turn arrow to head eastbound at the intersection of Lee Drive at Nicholson Drive, Thursday, April 21, 2016. The left-turn arrows are for drivers going both northbound and southbound on Nicholson and is part of a temporary 30-day trial. Traffic engineers will spend the next 30 days closely watching the intersection near the LSU campus, where several apartment complexes and popular eateries are located, to determine if the turn arrows will become a permanent fixture.

Update 3:45 p.m., April 21, 2016:

On Thursday, drivers were making safe and orderly left turns from Nicholson Drive onto Brightside Drive and West Lee Drive, thanks to newly installed left-turn arrows at the intersection. The left-turn arrows are for drivers going both northbound and southbound on Nicholson and is part of a temporary 30-day trial.

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Original story:

The bustling intersection where Nicholson Drive meets Brightside Drive and West Lee Drive will get a left-turn signal on Thursday to help drivers trying to turn off Nicholson.

The left-turn arrows will be for drivers going both northbound and southbound on Nicholson.

But for now, it’s only a traffic signal without turn lanes, and it’s only temporary as part of a 30-day trial.

Traffic engineers will spend the next 30 days closely watching the intersection near the LSU campus, where several apartment complexes and popular eateries are located.

If the left-turn signals are deemed helpful, they could be the first step toward more major improvements to the intersection, according to city-parish officials.

The city-parish’s Green Light Plan, which uses some tax dollars for road improvement projects, has targeted the intersection for future fixes.

Those include adding left-turn lanes and more through lanes, which city-parish Chief Traffic Engineer Ingolf Partenheimer said in a statement should significantly improve the intersection.