QUESTION: Lately I’ve noticed in Baton Rouge that many intersections controlled by a signal light are now equipped with right-turn arrows. When the arrow is green, no misunderstanding there, a right turn is allowed. But, when the arrow is red does it mean that you CAN’T turn right, even though we have a law that allows a right turn on red? Please clarify this situation.

ANSWER: Ingolf A. Partenheimer, the chief traffic engineer for the city-parish, says: “The installation of the turning arrow indications mean that the motorists can make a right turn on red arrow indication after stopping and can proceed when it is safe and prudent to do so. The only exception is when there is a sign prohibiting the right on red.

“Having the turning arrow indications allows for the removal of turn lane signs which improves the wind loading on the mast arm and spanwire installations as well as being more intuitive and easier to see than a sign. Keeping in mind that new vehicles’ headlights have less headlight light shining upward, this makes the turn indications more visible, especially at night.

One noisy road

QUESTION: The four-lane project on Joor Road between the Comite River and Hooper Road was completed just a few years ago. Why was it already given a complete new asphalt overlay?

If the reason for the overlay was the noisy surface left on the new concrete, did the contractor who laid the concrete foot the bill for the overlay?

ANSWER: Anastasia Semien, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation and Development, says in answer to the first question that the agency conducted a sound study “in response to citizen complaints of noise. The study showed the noise could be considered a nuisance. To address the situation, a thin asphaltic concrete (coarse mix) was placed on top of the existing road.”

She says DOTD did not bill the contractor for the overlay because “the contract specifications did not have noise level requirements.”

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