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Stop light expected to increase safety

Friday, October 31, 2003

Traffic congestion at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Wheeler Street has become a problem for all of the businesses in the Wal-Mart complex. A new traffic signal will soon relieve the situation.

A new traffic signal will soon be installed on U.S. 40 at the western Wal-Mart entrance at Wheeler Street. According to Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison, five years of hard work is now coming to fruition.

Final plans were approved yesterday at a pre-construction meeting with the Indiana Department of Transportation, an engineering company and a construction company in Crawfordsville. Pending the possibility of a utility being moved, construction could start within two weeks.

Harrison said Cinergy power lines, which may cause a view obstruction for the signalheads, may have to be raised.

"It's not a problem," Harrison said. "The engineering and construction companies will work it out. It just may delay the start date a little. We have to allow them time to move their utility."

The traffic signal will be paid for completely by Wal-Mart as the high flow of traffic is basically generated by the popular store. Harrison said he did not know the price of the signal but guesstimated it would probably be nearly $100,000.

There have been quite a few personal injury traffic accidents with one fatality at the congested entrance over the years.

"A light should make the flow of traffic a lot safer," Harrison said. "That's the hope."

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