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June 28, 2014

Learning to drive with new buggy paths

Like most adults my age I have been driving since the age of 15. Over the years I’ve been behind the wheel in empty parking lots, dirt paths to nowhere, gravel roads, paved roads and streets, rural interstates with little traffic and urban ones that are running bumper to bumper at very uncomfortable speeds.

This driving experience has taken me into the center of cities, beaches and small towns. In other words just about everywhere in conditions that range from ice and snow that would stop you in your tracks to so bone dry you have to leave a lot of space between your vehicle and the one you are following because everything disappears in a cloud of dust. For the most part if you can dream it up I’ve probably driven it.

That is until now. In the coming weeks Daviess County will be opening the first part of its rebuilt CR 900E. I have to admit I have never driven on a roadway with lanes that are dedicated exclusively to buggy traffic while I ride along in the vehicle lane. I venture a guess that I am not alone, and that is a concern.

This road is being built to enhance the safety through the Amish country in eastern Daviess County. I suspect that safety will be dependent on how people adjust to the new traffic flow. County officials say it will be a new traffic pattern for people to adjust to and they are in the process of putting together a program to teach people how to drive on this new road.

The county is not alone in bringing some new and challenging traffic construction to the area. The city of Washington is in the process of building a roundabout on the east side as part of the city’s new gateway to Washington from I-69. Officials say that while roundabouts are used in other parts of Indiana the one in Washington will be the first here.

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