SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An intersection in Sullivan County could be seeing changes in hopes of improving safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says U.S. traffic deaths have risen by seven percent since last year.
The construction would take place at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 58. Jason Tiller Communications director for INDOT South West says different designs are on the table.
“It’s been in the works since April of 2019,” Tiller said. “Basically what it boils down to is we identified that intersection through our normal methods. We’re looking at potential improvements to that intersection. Right now we’ve got a proposed conflict intersection.”
Matt Ames, public information officer for the Indiana State Police said road improvements help increase safety but that it is also crucial drivers take extra caution when entering a major highway from a side road.
“There are a lot of roads that come off to the east and the west out here on U.S. 41,” Ames said. “There’s a lot of hills and now vegetation is starting to grow. It grows up in the area and makes it difficult for you stop at the stop sign. Look once, look twice, and if you need to ease out a little bit more and then look once. Look twice again, please do that.”
Tiller said U.S. 41 sees a lot of traffic daily, including commercial vehicles carrying goods through the state.
“U.S. 41 is a very heavily traveled road particularly in south western Indiana, from Terre Haute to Evansville,” Tiller said. “Depending on what location you’re in, you’re looking at 70 to 80,000 cars a day.”
This project is in the provisional stages and wouldn’t begin construction until 2023.