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Weather causes less traffic

Friday, October 21, 2011

With the weather much nicer Friday, officials witnessed an increase in traffic throughout State Road 59 heading to the Covered Bridge Festival. [Order this photo]
Typically, during this time of year, weaving through Clay County traffic can get difficult, especially with the Covered Bridge Festival taking place.

But in recent days, traffic came to a standstill, providing local law enforcement a bit of a breather.

Brazil City Police Department Chief Larry Pierce told The Times due to inclement weather, officers did not have to direct traffic for a few days.

"We started directing traffic again (Friday)," Pierce said. "The rain really killed it, but today, we had a barrage of it."

Pierce added with temperatures on the rise for the weekend, he expects to have officers directing traffic again at State Road 59 and United States 40, along with SR 59 and Jackson and Hendrix streets.

With construction on Interstate-70 ongoing, Pierce said officers have had to deal with additional traffic as well.

"We've also been plagued with the problem of covered bridge traffic and alternate traffic coming on (U.S.) 40 from (I-70)," Pierce said. "We didn't have that last year. We've got it east and west and then we've got it coming up from (SR) 59, too."

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said with the dreary weather during the past few days, dealing with traffic has been "relatively mild."

"It's been fairly quiet," Heaton said. "But we were prepared."

Heaton agreed with Pierce in reference to the additional traffic on U.S. 40 with the I-70 construction going on.

"Maybe it's just spread out more," Heaton said, "or people are possibly taking alternate routes."

Both Heaton and Pierce said accidents have been at a minimum during the past week.

"We've had some accidents, but nothing contributing to covered bridge traffic," Heaton said. "A lot of that boils down to how much people are paying attention."

"The weekend is supposed to be nice, so people may get in their last hurrah," Pierce said.

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It has been years since I went to the CBF in Rockville. I never saw traffic like that and cannot imagine it now.

-- Posted by riverman48 on Mon, Oct 24, 2011, at 8:33 AM

I hope this year's Festival was successful for the vendors despite the weather.

"But in recent days, traffic came to a standstill, providing local law enforcement a bit of a breather." JM

Seriously! I'm confused.......

I come from a huge city where when the traffic report says that traffic is at a standstill means that NOBODY is moving because it is all jammed up. What I am getting in this reference there was no traffic which is a complete reversal of the meaning of "standstill", IMO. OK, I'm being petty and I know this but the journalistic approach and deliveries of our articles of late leaves a lot to be desired. Just sayin.......

And no I don't have time to become a reporter, thanks anyways! LOL

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Oct 25, 2011, at 11:32 AM

I have to agree that the title and the story don't quite jive. I agree w/ Proud's definition of "standstill".

-- Posted by indianamama on Fri, Oct 28, 2011, at 1:23 PM

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