Intersection Receives a Green Light

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A frustration concerning a busy Terre Haute intersection has finally come to a resolution, but still leaves many wondering what took so long?

It’s a route that Roberta Baker takes from Riley every morning driving her grand daughter to school.

“Of a morning between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. it is really consolidated bad,” she said.

It’s been nearly a month since the street lights at 8th Avenue and 25th Street went out, since then the street department placed four stop signs along the intersection to prevent collisions, but that’s not Baker’s beef with the outage.

“When there are like five cars there sometimes and it’s a confusion with who’s going to go. You have people wave you to go but you don’t want to take off because it’s their turn to go.”

Historic Motor Cars sits right on the corner of the intersection and owner Jeff Minor has been following the situation a little more closely.

“They’ve been very diligent yesterday and out this morning trying to resolve the problem,” he said.

So while others are left wondering…

“I would just like to know what took them so long to get it fixed,” Baker said.

Street Transportation director Brad Miller says that fixing an underground electrical issue requires certain equipment that they don’t have.

“We have to contract that out, so we’re at the mercy of what their schedule is,” Miller said

As of Tuesday, the street department was able to give the intersection a temporary fix that should satisfy drivers.

 “What we did was go ahead with a temporary fix and then as soon as we can get the equipment out here to bore underneath the street, we’ll bore underneath and then make it a permanent fix,” Miller said.
        
The owner of Historic Motor Cars says he was told the intersection lights went out due to lightening, but Miller says what he knows is that it was due to a break in the lines under the street.

He also says that because they’ve been in contact with the contractors, it could take anywhere from 2 to 5 days to receive the permanent fix, so it could be complete by the end of the week.

 

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