TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A project that could bring major improvements to a northern Vigo County road is in the works.
Vigo County engineer Larry Robbins says traffic has increased along North Clinton Street. He also says so have the number of crashes, making it one of the more dangerous areas for local drivers.
“Behind the Springhill Road corridor, this was the second highest accident corridor in the county,” Robbins said.
The current design of the street is two lanes, but with many access points, Robbins says it has led to a number of rear-end crashes. That’s why county officials are looking at plans to improve safety.
“Something we could do to alleviate that is develop a continuous turn-lane in the middle of the road there so widen it from a two-lane to a three-lane section which should help with some of those rear-end collisions,” Robbins said.
To further look into improvements, the county is working with Indianapolis based USI consultants.
The plan is to make significant adjustments to the 2.8 mile stretch of North Clinton Street between Park Avenue and Budd Road, with construction estimated to begin in 2023.
“We did a couple field visits, we did some desktop research, and a number of other items looking into right of way, environmental considerations, utilities, as well as roadway design,” said Wyatt Huber, roadway design engineer with USI.
To assist with decision-making moving forward, a public meeting on the issue is schedule.
Leaders with the project are also seeking input through virtual and social media platforms.
“At the end of the day, this corridor is as much of the community’s as anything else. They’re the ones that are going to be using it everyday, so we want to make sure it’s something adequate for them,” Robbins said.
Robbins says the project will be funded through a combination of local and federal sources.
He also says the county is considering options for increased pedestrian traffic in the area.
The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Otter Creek Middle School in the cafeteria. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. The meeting space will limit 25 people at a time. Masks will be required during the meeting but also made available upon entrance.