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County receiving highway message boards

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband leans around a highway message board to make sure the system was working correctly during a test Tuesday. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
Clay County will soon have the ability to notify motorists of various issues on the roads.

Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband recently told The Brazil Times the county is in the process of acquiring two message boards, which may be utilized to warn drivers of slow traffic or other situations happening on roadways.

"We received the message boards from the Vermillion County Emergency Management Office last week," Husband said. "They are free to the county, and all we have to do is take care of the upkeep and maintenance."

Husband added other counties, including Vigo, are receiving message boards from Vermillion County as well.

"Vermillion had about 10 of these signs, many of which were not being used on a regular basis, and they were not able to afford the upkeep costs after the feds cut funding," he said. "Even though we are being allowed to use the boards, they can be transferred to any county within District 7 of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security during emergency situations."

All that remains to complete the transfer of the boards to Clay County is the formal agreement with Vermillion County, along with a memorandum of understanding with all emergency response agencies within the county, including the City of Brazil.

"This is a benefit to the county because all agencies will be able to utilize them when needed," Husband said.

He added the signs could be used in a variety of ways, including notifying motorists or road closures and detours to letting drivers know about slick roadways.

"They can also be used to let people know there may be slowed traffic ahead because of various events like a fish fry or the Covered Bridge Festival," Husband said. "We can even use them to direct traffic a certain way to create better flow, like for those leaving Forest Park after the fireworks on the Fourth of July."

The signs, which are powered by solar-charged batteries, can run up to three pages of information at any time.

"The boards can run pretty much all the time off of solar power," Husband said. "Also, we can input three pages worth of directions or traffic information that rotates through. For example, one page may say 'Road closed ahead,' followed by 'Use alternate routes' or specific detour directions."

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they dont have enough for all of our bad roads.

-- Posted by nobob on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 11:44 PM

"Warning roads in Clay County arent maintained"

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 7:09 AM

nobob and Schraderfan: All roads DO leave Clay County, however.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 8:01 AM

One sign at Alabama & one sign at Murphy. Warning, Pinckley St WILL cause damage to your car. I love how all the politicians run on improving the roads, but the roads NEVER get improved. Harmony roads recent repairs was all political so we can worship Oblama.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 8:54 AM

The signs were free!!! If they were not free I believe the acquisition of the signs would have been a catastrophic waste of money. But they were free!!! Lets not look a gift horse in the mouth. These will be an asset to all the agencies in our community.

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 10:24 AM

A few years ago, Vermillion county got in trouble for using these signs to advertise a VFD fish fry. It was even reported on NPR (National Public Radio)! I thought it was funny...

(By the way, how can fixing potholes make us "worship Obama"?)

-- Posted by gratefoole on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 2:43 PM

I think the issue about Harmony road is frustration on the lack of common sense. Harmony road really was not in bad shape at all. Pinkley and other roads really are in need of serious repair.

People can understand a lack of funding, but a lack of thought or good planning is entirely upsetting.

-- Posted by localgal on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 11:40 PM

There was an article in the Brazil Times recently regarding the resurfacing of Harmony Rd. Apparently you didn't read it. Basically what it said was the funds received from where ever it was they came from had to be used for a specific type of roadway or we, as in Clay County, would not receive the funds. Studies were done and the only roadway that met the criteria for the funds was the Harmony Rd. I am sure you can do a search of the Times' archives and find the story. I can't remember if the city was eligible for the funds, or just the county. ???? I know just enough on this to not sound like a really big dummy!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Jul 1, 2010, at 12:16 PM

But my point is the same.. If the federal government is going to grant money for roads to be repaired then they should let the roads that really need the most help get serviced first. I don't know a lot about the method of choosing either, but just like most federal projects they are loaded with a lot of waste and lack of common sense.

-- Posted by localgal on Thu, Jul 1, 2010, at 9:21 PM

I remember commenting about that article, POMC.

As for the comments made by "nobob", "schraderfan" and "dagnabbitt .. LMAO! All worthy of honorable mention. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 10:52 AM

I agree Emmes!

Localgal, you said it in a nutshell!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 11:42 AM

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