PARKE COUNTY, Ind. ( WAWV/WTWO) – Drivers can expect safety improvement at a local intersection, by the end of this week.

The intersection of U.S. 36 and State Road 59 will soon become a four-way stop.

The current two-way stop at the intersection of U.S. 36 and State Road 59 in Parke County has caused problems for many local residents.

Long-time Clay County Resident Robert Sanders said the intersection has been chaotic for as long as he can remember.

“The intersection of 59 and 36 has a flashing light but it’s in my opinion horrible,” Sanders said.

Parke County Resident Bill Shepard said it is especially busy in the summer.

“The whole summertime through that area is hectic with boats and RV’s,” Shepard said.

A worker for Big Berry Ice Cream located right at the intersection of U.S. 31 and State Road 59 Abbi Bonomo said, the current traffic patterns at the intersection often cause drive-thru back up’s.

“Usually it gets pretty hectic, especially in the middle of the day,” Bonomo said.

INDOT Public Relations Director Megan Delucenay said the four-way stop will improve safety at the intersection.

“In the past three years there have been 11 right-angle crashes through that intersection,” Delucenay said. “Through researching and analyzing that data our team has decided a four-way stop is the best way right now to improve safety.”

However, both Sanders and Shepard argue that a stop light would be a better option for the area.

“They need to put in a stop light, it would be safer for travelers,” Sanders said.

“People that have lived there for so long aren’t used to the four-way so they won’t even notice it,” Shepard said.

Delucenay stated although residents may believe other alternatives may be best, she said her and her team believe a four-way stop is the best solution.

“There is actually a lot of research and a lot of data that goes into putting in a signal,” Delucenay said. ” we also have to meet state-regulated minimum requirements for that intersection. So right now our team does believe a four-way stop is the best solution.”

INDOT crews will place additional signage, flashers, and markings ahead of the installations. Delucenay said the installation will be a fairly quick process.

“The installation will happen at night and we hope to have minimal impact on the traveling public with that installation,” Delucenay said.

Crews with INDOT are set to install the stop signs on or after this Sunday July 17.