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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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.