The western roundabout on the U.S. 50 bypass is now scheduled to be constructed starting in September.—Graphic courtesy of Parsons Transportation Group
Construction of a roundabout on the western end of the U.S. 50 bypass will begin in early September instead of next year, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced.
INDOT moved up the construction schedule, originally planned for 2018, at the intersection of SR 750 (the bypass), current U.S. 50 and CR 400W.
That intersection has been the scene of two traffic fatalities since the western part of the bypass opened in late 2013, as well as numerous other accidents and countless close calls.
"I've been pushing very hard and leaning on INDOT to improve this spot," said State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), whose district encompasses most of Jennings County, including the bypass area. "I have gotten so much feedback from constituents on this issue, a lot of it very emotional which is understandable. So I'm glad to see this project will be done sooner.
"This is a great sign of the new INDOT commissioner's (Joe McGuinness) willingness to respond to our needs. This speaks volumes. It's no longer business as usual at INDOT," Lucas added.
Harry Maginity of INDOT said the roundabout's construction was scheduled for this year even before a fatal traffic accident last month.
"We certainly are mindful of that and want to expedite the roundabout work as best we can," he said.
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