New Changes Same Reaction


Change is on the way for residents in Oaktown and it deals with two intersections along U.S. 41.  

Back in March plans for the intersections were shown to the public for feedback. 

Officials have since reworked the design and Wednesday those ideas were presented during a meeting. 

“It was basically the State shoving this down our throat,” Brandon Grotedudo said. “We thought we had a say but they really don’t care.” 

The intersections of Old U.S. 41 and Freelandville on U.S. 41 is a dangerous stretch of roadway with multiple accidents and even deaths. 

INDOT held a public meeting in Oaktown to showcase its designs to fix the intersections.  

Officials believe the best solution is installing “Median U-turns” which would improve the ability of traffic to cross a multi-lane divided highway.  

Changes include, moving back the north U-turns 250 feet and 50 feet on the south, adding lights to U-turns and widening the turns for semis and farm equipment.  

Residents say changes to the roadway would save lives and hopefully prevent accidents. 

But some say the plans would do more harm than good. 

“So, we wanted to make sure that we brought those to their attention and said hey we have taken care of the issues you guys we’re concerned about,” Jason Tiller said. “No, it’s not necessarily exactly what you want but we have taken your concerns into account.” 

Residents with concerns have until November 28th to send recommendations to INDOT. 

But other residents say they want to stop this at all costs. 

Construction could start next Spring if funding is approved for the project. 

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