The problem of trucks that carry sand on local roadways was discussed by the Red River Parish Police Jury at their meeting on Wednesday. A representative of the firm operating the sand plant on Hwy 509 was there to answer questions.
DTE Energy operates the Gen 6 Sand Plant. Representative Jeremy Tingler said he came to find out about the problem and get some suggestions from the police jury. He said, “If there are things that we can do, let me get them now so we can do it.”
Road Supervisor Larry Hughes expressed concern with the plant entrance tying in with the road. He said, “There is a sharp turn. We want a smooth transition not a sharp turn.” Tingler responded, “It is easy to make an adjustment now. We want to do it right and make sure everyone is satisfied with what we are building.”
There was discussion of sand trucks turning the wrong direction and getting hung up on nearby railroad tracks. Hughes asked, “Can you put up a sign telling trucks not to go that way?” Tingler responded that they would put up signs plus notify truck operating companies to turn right only when leaving the plant.
Editor’s note: The sand truck that was stuck on the tracks recently at the intersection of LA1 and Riverfront Road was not the incident discussed at police jury. Another truck had been stuck on the tracks near the entrance of the sand plant.