VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Beginning this week the Indiana Department of Transportation will install intersection conflict warning systems throughout the state.
Over the years, the area near the intersection of Evans Avenue and U.S. 41 in northern Vigo County has been the location for several wrecks, some which have ended with tragedy.
“It’s a dangerous intersection no matter what time of year. If you’re trying to merge on, if you’re looking over your left shoulder you can run into somebody or often times you have the blind spot and it’s hard to see,” said Brendan Kearns, Vigo County commissioner.
Beginning this week and continuing through spring of 2021, INDOT will install intersection conflict warning systems at 17 locations in Indiana, one of those being at Evans Avenue and U.S. 41.
“Traffic engineers, they were seeing a higher crash rate at these intersections,” said Debbie Calder, West-Central INDOT communications director.
When installed, signage and yellow flashing lights will alert drivers on both intersecting roads that traffic is approaching or that a vehicle is waiting at a stop sign.
The lights will be triggered by a vehicle detection mechanism underneath the pavement.
The system is a first for Indiana but it is expected to yield positive results.
“Federal highway, according to them it reduces severe crashes by up to 20 or 30 percent,” Calder said.
Kearns says he does believe the new system can make an impact.
“What INDOT’s doing to help create that awareness by getting those flashing signals out there, that’s going to make a huge difference. But first and foremost people need to pay attention,” Kearns said.
Calder says while work did begin this week in some parts of the state, the system is not expected to be installed in Vigo County until possibly the spring.