Aron Royer had grown tired of seeing so many accidents in front of his house.
So he decided to do something about it.
Royer lives at the intersection of County Road 950 N and Kennedy's Crossing Road.
In November, Royer witnessed an accident that took the life of Justin Snow.
"I was sitting there watching NASCAR and I heard a serious explosion," Royer said. "I thought it might have been a house explosion."
Royer immediately called 911 to inform authorities of the accident. But he wasn't finished.
"I told everybody I'm tired of all the accidents," Royer said. "I told my wife I'm not going to quit complaining until we do something about this."
Prior to retiring, Royer was involved in real estate. He remembered a time when students from a university came to Brazil to conduct a beautification study.
Royer said he contacted a friend who put him in touch with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology professor Kevin Sutterer.
Four RHIT students from the school's Introduction to Design Civil Engineering class who were looking for projects to work on chose the intersection project.
"It's good for them with the training and it's good for the community," Royer said.
On Friday, the four students presented two Clay County Commissioners with their final proposals after 10 weeks of study.
The students, sophomore Alex Kowatch, and freshmen Dhruti Patel, Steven Proctor and Zack Munsell, met with commissioners Jack Withers and Charlie Brown, along with Clay County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster and Royer to discuss their proposals.
They presented the commissioners with three proposals, but one main one that they admitted would cost an estimated $22,000.
"These are just suggestions we've come up with," Patel told the group.
While working on the project, the four students visited the intersection four or five times, they said. They surveyed traffic and the elevation of the intersection.
After 10 weeks, the students proposed the shaving off 4-feet from a bank on the southeast side of the intersection in addition to adding a street light on the northeast corner and moving stop signs on both sides of CR 950 4-feet away from the intersection.
Their proposal would call for a utility pole to be moved.
While conducting their studies, the students said they almost witnessed two accidents.
"I feel like minor improvements are significant improvements here," Proctor said.
Following the presentation, Brown said he was pleased with the results.
"I think it's a fantastic job they've done," Brown said.
Brown added the commissioners would consider the proposal.
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