In spite of nearly unanimous public testimony opposing the change at a 2002 hearing at Northview High School, INDOT announced its plans this week to change the intersection.
"Subsequent to reviewing and considering all comments and materials received as a result of the official Indiana Department of Transportation public hearing held at the Northview High School auditorium, it was recommended that this project be advanced and constructed," Rickie Clark, INDOT public hearings manager, wrote in a news release. "The existing unsignalized, high-volume intersection configuration of U.S. 40, SR 340 and CR700W has created conditions favorable for having accidents involving left turning vehicles from SR 340 to U.S. 40 and from U.S. 40 to SR 340."
One of the problems Clark lists is lack of a left-turn lane for the "large number of vehicles on U.S. 40 making a left turn onto SR 340/CR 700W. Traffic is stopping in the left eastbound lane of U.S. 40, while waiting to make a left turn creating a hazard to through traffic."
All materials, including the final design summary report, are available in the Clay County Auditor's Office, Clark wrote.
Clark was not available Friday afternoon for further information. The Times plans to follow up this story next week.