VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vigo County is preparing for the next phase of its road widening project on Springhill Road, which the county engineer says has seen a lot of crashes.
The county is currently clearing trees along Springhill from 7th street to the Erie Canal Road. This is being done to make room as the county plans to widen the road from two lanes to three. It’s the second phase of an ongoing project. The project began with widening Springhill from U.S. 41 to 7th street.
“The Springhill Project is a part of our long-range transportation plan. The unique thing about this corridor is it was the highest accident corridor in the county,” said Vigo County engineer/highway director Larry Robbins. “In looking at that corridor, a lot of those accidents were leaving the pavement and rear-end collisions.”
One Vigo County Commissioner has seen first-hand why this construction is needed to this specific area.
“A very close family member of mine was victim to a rear-end collision in an area where it shouldn’t have happened. That was due to an inattentive driver though driving into the back,” said Vigo County Commissioner Brendan Kearns. “If there was a middle lane or a possible wider shoulder, the accident possibly could have been avoided when the driver realized that they were going to run into my family member.”
The current estimate for the project is between $3.5 and $4 million but will have to wait on bids to come in later in the spring before beginning road construction. In the meantime, drivers can expect road closures over the next few weeks due to tree clearing.
“We’re on daily closure from nine to three just to give the contractor room to work to get the trees out of the way,” said Robbins. “The fault behind that was to try to get the a.m. traffic to work and the p.m. traffic home from work. So we’re disrupting that traffic as little as possible. We do ask people to be patient with that.”
Robbins says the county is looking forward to this project being fully complete by the end of summer 2022.