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|Speed limit in Baskin dropped|
Baskin has long been known for its tight enforcement of the 45 mph speed limit through the village north of Winnsboro, and now, the speed limit has been dropped another 10 mph – at least for the next few months.
The Louisiana Depart-ment of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has put up 35 mph speed limit signs beginning at the north boundary of Baskin, signaling motor-ists to slow down well before they reach the roadwork zone less than a mile ahead.
"The DOTD put up the signs, and we are trying to get some more," said Baskin Police Chief Don Moore. "Drivers have got to slow down before they start to merge. We don't want to have any wrecks where the lanes end."
The 5-1/2 miles of asphalt overlay and patching reaches from Baskin to the north city limits of Winnsboro.
Moore cautioned motor-ists that when workmen are on the job, the fines in the construction zone are doubled.
"As long as work crews are on the job, fines are going to be doubled in accordance with state law," Moore said.
The chief said regular fines start at $135, which when doubled equals a minimum fine of $270.
Moore said the decreased speed limit is for the safety of the workers as well as motorists and the doubled fines will be in place whenever workers are present. On nights and weekends there will be extra patrols to enforce the 35 mph speed, but fines won't be doubled unless the crews are on the road."
"They start working early in the morning and stay until late in the afternoon," Moore said.
D & J Construction of West Monroe is doing the roadwork for a bid total of $4,675,743.49, which includes the asphalt overlay, pavement patching, installation of drainage pipes and other work on this stretch of hwy.15.