FOX 8 Defenders: Drivers, pedestrians express concern over chaotic Mid-City intersection

FOX 8 Defenders: Drivers, pedestrians express concern over chaotic Mid-City intersection

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Rudolph Dupart travels South Jeff Davis Parkway where it crosses over I-10 near Xavier University three times a week for cardiac rehab. He describes the area as dangerous, and he's not alone.

"It seems so crowded, especially around the five o'clock hour when there's so much traffic, and everybody's trying to merge into one specific section," explained Xavier University student Kyara Nichols.

"Even though it's a no left turn, no right turn, people do it all the time," said another Xavier student, Terry Hervery.

It's easy to run into a lot going on at the foot of the Jeff Davis overpass at Drexel.  While cars are coming off the overpass, we spotted a truck merging from the Howard Avenue exit, and at the same time, we saw a Mercedes trying to cross all of that traffic on Jeff Davis.

"You got cars coming along the side of the overpass, and they got a yield sign, but very few of them yield to that sign you know.  Things can be kinda hairy right there," said Dupart.

The NOPD tells the FOX 8 Defenders that it counted 19 reported accidents on South Jeff Davis in the 1000 block in 2014, and just last month, a large truck crashed into a FOX 8 vehicle parked in front of our newsroom. It also damaged the FOX 8 sign, and that case was a hit-and-run.

A camera on top of the FOX 8 building captured a large white work truck moments before it did a lot of damage on Jan. 9 at about 4:10 a.m.  A few minutes later, an employee who heard the crash rushed outside to see what happened.

She found a FOX 8 news vehicle turned completely around, the bumper ripped off, a tail light broken and the back window shattered. Whoever was behind the wheel traveled off the road and just kept going. It's an intersection that keeps a lot of drivers and pedestrians on edge.

"(You) kind of just have to run across the street and hope you don't get hit," said Nichols.

"I think it should be regulated more," said Hervery.

For Rudolph Dupart and countless others who say they've had close calls at the Mid-City intersection, they'd like to see more awareness. Dupart would love to see a stop sign replace the yield sign for traffic exiting at Howard Avenue.

If you've got a consumer concern, call the FOX 8 Defenders staffed with volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women at 1-877-670-6397 or fill out an online complaint form.

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