TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Vigo County will receive a new road safety improvement.
INDOT announced that they will activate a new intersection conflict safety system at the intersection of US 41 and East Evans Avenue.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, Intersection Conflict Warning Systems can reduce severe crashes by 20 to 30 percent.
“The intersection conflict warning system uses vehicle detectors under the pavement and with fixed and variable messages that drivers will see upon getting into that intersection,” INDOT Communications Director Debbie Calder said.
Calder said the intersection does not warrant a stoplight as it does not meet the criteria necessary to have one in that spot. However, this does not erase the need for further safety measures.
“This does not qualify for that, so this is an added benefit to put at these intersections where we have seen more crashes than at other intersections,” said Calder.
These systems are quite unique to our area as very few can be seen in our state.
“These are rare as far as our state or in our area,” Vigo County Engineer and Highway Director Larry Robbins said. “They haven’t been really around here very often. I’ve seen them in other parts of the country. They’ve been gaining a little bit of speed.”
Calder said that the estimated cost of the installation is around $85,000.