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INDOT to add turn lanes at intersection

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Indiana Department of Transportation is making an attempt to make an intersection along United States 40 a little safer.

In the next couple of weeks, construction is anticipated to begin to create a dedicated left turn lane where US 40 intersects with County Road 200 West (Waterworks Road).

"Local officials worked with INDOT to look at intersections that presented hazardous situations," INDOT Public Information Director (Crawfordsville District) Debbie Calder told The Brazil Times. "The turn lane will be available in both directions for those wanting to turn either north or south on Waterworks Road."

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, who headed up the review with INDOT in February, said it would depend on how the turn lanes will lay out as to how much of an effect it could have.

"There aren't too many accidents in that area, but when they occur, they tend to be more serious," he said.

Heaton added he hoped the traffic study that was conducted would lead to the installation of either warning flashers or even a stop light, but Calder told The Brazil Times it could not be done at this time.

"After the traffic study was done, it showed that the area did not meet the qualifications or standards needed to install a stop light," she said.

According to a press release provided by INDOT, the eastbound merge condition, which currently occurs at the US 40/State Road 340 split on the west end of Brazil, will be moved six-tenths of a mile west to CR 225 West.

The press release also states work is scheduled to begin within the next two weeks and should take two to three days to complete, weather pending.

Whatever the outcome or layout of the turn lanes, Heaton said the biggest focus is making sure the drivers on the road are allowed maximized safety conditions.

"Hopefully it will help cut down on the number and seriousness of accidents in the area," he told The Brazil Times. "Also, by having the dedicated turn lanes, it should be able to keep traffic from getting backed up as well."

The intersection of State Road 59 and CR 700 N had been cleaned up in April with the cutting back of trees and brush to allow for better visibility. This also stemmed from the review in February.

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We needs lights at the intersection of U.S. 40 amd Waterwokrs Road; not stop lights, but "light" lights. It's so dark out there that it's hard to see the cross road at times.

Something else bad is going to happen at the WalMart entrance too, unless they change those lane approaches. At least one person has already died there. Need there be more before anyone listens? I wrote the state a long time ago about making that inside eastbound lane both left turn and straight ahead. Those of us locals would know that if you want to continue on east, stay in the driving lane. The passing lane could be used for either turning or going straight.

The westbound "left turn onto Wheeler Street could be eliminated. (Whose bright idea was that?)

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 6:17 AM

I agree. If all that will be done is add arrows in the passing lane to the pavement that will create a more dangerous situation. Several times a day there are numerous situations in front of Wal-Mart that only by the Grace of God are not accidents.(and the speeds are about 20 mph slower with a stoplight). It scares me to think of what will happen with a blind intersection, traveling at 55+ mph, and a sudden turn arrow in the passing lane........We're better off not doing anything that doing it half way.....I applaud Sheriff Heaton for attempting to make this intersection safer but this solution will make it more dangerous...Please leave the roadway unchanged until it can be fixed right!!!!!!!

-- Posted by hope4county on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 6:41 AM

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