- City official hopes to reduce idling time by requesting INDOT allow more right turns on red signal lights in city
Mayor Tom Arthur has requested the Indiana Department of Transportation remove some of the "No turn on red" signs from three intersections on U.S. 40 (National Avenue). The affected intersections, if approved by INDOT, would be National Avenue at Vandalia, Alabama and Lambert streets.
The purpose for the request is rising gasoline prices. National studies have indicated much gas can be saved if drivers are allowed to turn right on red lights instead of letting their vehicles idle until the light turns green.
A downside of the request is public safety.
Police Chief Mark Loudermilk and the mayor agree that allowing right turns on red traffic signals at those intersections may be dangerous due to blocked views by parked cars and buildings, Arthur said in a prepared statement.
The letter, requesting the change, was sent to INDOT Traffic Engineer Joe Le-wien on Friday.