FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The Indiana Department of Transportation is looking to improve to U.S. Highway 30.
INDOT announced a study aimed at improving safety, traffic flow, freight movement, and economic development from Valparaiso to the Ohio State line.
Truck drivers say it's about time.
Kenneth Stokes drives a truck from places like Pennsylvania to Chicago five times a week.
“If I was to pay a toll road that’d be $400, $600 just to pay for a toll when I gotta oh pay road taxes, fuel taxes and it’s ridiculous!” he said.
So for Stokes, U.S. 30 it is.
“But then the people along the towns of [U.S.] 30 decided to set up these stupid traffic lights but don’t give us a warning when they’re gonna turn,” he said.
On U.S. 30...accident after accident.
“I have seen some accidents that’ll turn your stomach. Seven years ago I was in a really bad one but I’m still here,” 35-year-truck-driver Steve Enter said.
Enter has firsthand experience.
When the Indiana Department of Transportation announced this week that they’re looking to make necessary improvements to the highway, he said it’s long overdue.
“I mean, it’d be better for us,” he said.
The U.S. 30 Coalition led by Mayor Joe Thallemer says the solution for the current economic and safety disadvantages is a freeway.
Semi-truck driver Forrest Reynolds agrees.
“I don’t think it’d hurt. The speed limit is already 60. Everybody speeds down that way anyway,” Reynolds said.
Stokes is excited about seeing improvements.
“Give is that so we can get from point A to point B without going broke just Chicago or away from Chicago.”