VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vigo County commissioners recently approved nearly $3.5 million in federal grants to improve the Clinton Street corridor.
Employees at Heritage Animal Hospital North encounter a lot when traveling Clinton Street.
“People definitely speed, for sure,” said veterinary technician, Jenny Powell.
Vigo County Engineer Larry Robbins said his department noticed many problems in that area.
“That’s one of the highest accident-rate corridors in our county,” Robbins said.
Another issue Robbins noted was the need for pedestrian amenities along the corridor.
“I go to North Terre Haute almost every day for my lunch and there’s always people walking up and down, pushing grocery carts,” Powell mentioned.
During this year’s Covered Bridge Festival, a person was hit and killed by a car along the Clinton Street corridor. Because of that, residents want speed limits reduced.
“Maybe slowing it down to 20 or 30 miles an hour so that maybe in the unfortunate case that somebody would get hit, it wouldn’t be at such a high speed and maybe wouldn’t be as fatal.” said veterinary assistant, Jamie Neidlinger.
Robbins said his department will soon conduct a study to help with these problems and get the public involved with making Clinton Street safe to travel.
“I think this corridor study will help get them bridge that gap and get them interacted or engaged with the designers so they know what the public wants. What they at least perceive that they want in that corridor and what they want it to look like because at the end of the day it is their road. They’re going to use it every day,” he said.
Robbins said he’s planning to take suggestions for the study through social media and public meetings.