INDOT looking at improving U.S. 30 intersection in Whitley County

One of the first projects is installing median u-turns at County Road 500 E in Whitley County.

Posted: Oct 9, 2019 6:37 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2019 11:14 AM

COESSE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Indiana Department of Transportation is looking at improving intersections along U.S.30.

One of the first projects is installing median u-turns at County Road 500 E in Whitley County.

Median U-Turns

To submit written comments:
Email: rclark@indot.IN.gov
Mail: INDOT Public Hearings
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100 North Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Coesse Elementary is near the intersection and Whitley County Consolidated Schools superintendent Dr. Patricia O'Connor said buses going to the school aren't allowed to use the intersection with students on board.

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"Any time I hear about cars stacked up on 30, doesn't that make us a little nervous," said O'Connor.

INDOT said the safest improvement to the intersection and keep traffic moving is installing a median u-turn.

There are currently four of these intersections in Indiana, including U.S. 30 and State Road 101 in eastern Allen County.

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INDOT spokeswoman Nichole Thomas said since that intersection opened last year, there are fewer crashes.

"That's our goal, to ensure everyone gets home safely every single night and we do that by improving safety," Thomas said.

Thomas said a traffic light isn't warranted at C.R. 500E in Whitley County, adding the goal is to remove the lights along U.S. 30 to improve traffic flow.

If the project is moving forward, the median u-turn would be installed in 2021.

INDOT is seeking public comment about the median U-turn in Whitley County until Oct. 25.

 

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