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Friday, May 1, 2009

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County officials recently took down six trees and put up riprap at the intersection of County Road 700 North and State Road 59. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* County cleans up portion of dangerous intersection

An intersection in Clay County recently received a facelift.

After months of ongoing discussion concerning the danger of the area, county officials cleaned up their portion of the intersection at County Road 700 North and State Road 59.

"I'm real pleased with it," County Commissioner Charlie Brown said.

Brown said county officials met with state officials regarding the intersection recently. It was decided to take some trees down on the county's right-of-way. The state, according to Brown, agreed to come back and clean its right-of-way as well.

He said the work took place during two days and included cutting down at least six trees on the site in addition to placing rip rap in the area, to prohibit the growth of weeds and stop erosion.

"I've heard a lot of residents complimenting how better it is," Brown said. "We worked on helping the line of sight going east. (The crew) worked hard on getting it cleaned up."

Work took place in the area of some county residents expressed concern following a three-vehicle pileup earlier this year.

"This has been a concern with a lot of people," Brown said. "In my lifetime, we've had three to four fatalities in this area. It's a very dangerous intersection."

Although there were no fatalities in the January accident in the area, the pileup created great concern, which resulted in a meeting between county commissioners, Indiana District 44 State Representative Nancy Michael and Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, along with members of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

During that meeting, which took place in February, Michael (D-Greencastle) said seeing it for herself made a big difference.

"You don't understand the situation until you're able to stand here and see it for yourself," Michael said. "This helps everyone involved become more aware of the problem."

Several residents who live near the intersection have suggested placing a red or yellow flashing caution light at the intersection in addition to adding more caution signs or even lowering the speed limit.

On Thursday, Brown said he would like to see a caution light placed at the site, but money is an issue.

"Residents would have to pressure the state to do this," Brown said. "More needs to be done, but money is an issue. But there's not going to be any big money involved with this."

Brown added the county has placed "dangerous intersection" signs near the area.

Brown said the intersection is only one of a few "pet projects" he has in mind to set up for the remainder of this year.

"We're going to concentrate on ditching by roads throughout the summer," Brown said. "And we're going to see a lot of preventive maintenance and maintain what we have. There's going to be a lot of repair, but not a lot of construction."


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I would like to make a public THANK YOU to Charlie Brown and his crews for repairing one of the "pet projects" in the Jackson TWP area recently. The heavy rains and winds caused tree damage that blocked the ditches and caused a hazardous driving area. The repair work done is outstanding. With the continued heavy rains I am sure more preventive measures will be needed in many areas of the county.

Thank you again for a job well done.

-- Posted by dlm5148 on Fri, May 1, 2009, at 10:33 PM


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