Advocate staff photo by David J. Mitchell — A sport utility vehicle, right, on Lake Martin Road in Ascension Parish waits as traffic whips past on La. 431 Tuesday afternoon. State Department of Transportation and Development workers plan start to installing more or new signs, striping and road reflectors this week to highlight for drivers this sharp, banked turn on La. 431 in St. Amant. In a short distance, La. 431 turns from heading east and west to north and south. In the next two years, DOTD plans to spend $4.2 million on making similar safety improvements to 300 areas on 100 highways in the Baton Rouge region.

State highway workers will start a $4.2 million safety project for the Baton Rouge region by enhancing the visibility of two intersections in Ascension Parish with new signs and other improvements, officials said.

The intersections of La. 431 at Lake Martin Road and La. 429 at La. 22, which occur in curves and are in the eastern edge of the parish, will be the focus of the first batch of upgrades for the two-year project, a state highway official said Tuesday.

Lauren Lee, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation and Development, said the project will improve 300 areas along 100 highways in Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. James parishes.

“This project is an example of making roadways more visible and therefore safer for the traveling public,” DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas said in a news release Tuesday.

DOTD officials said the agency’s safety section is trying to draw attention to areas where drivers need to be more vigilant, including curves.

Upgrades include new signs, replacement of worn-out signs, striping or addition of road reflectors.

Lee said DOTD workers will move to other parts of the state once the Baton Rouge-area project is finished.

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