Next week Daviess County officials are expected to start a series of improvements to four intersections to try to make them safer. One of the intersections has been the location of multiple fatal traffic accidents, two others are near hills and have also been the site of crashes, and the last is in the process of being upgraded as a coal company pulls out.
“These are high risk intersections that we have identified in the county,” said Highway Superintendent Phil Cornelius. “We have received some recommendations to upgrade them and we want to deploy those.”
“This is something we need to do,” said president of the Daviess County Commissioners Tony Wichman.
The intersection getting the most attention is CR 350E and CR 100N. “I have worked four fatalities there with the fire department,” said Wichman. “We just had another one there this spring.”
The county has considered making changes to the intersection in the past but felt they were boxed in by federal transportation rules. “We did some more looking and found that as commissioners we could do more,” said Wichman. “Those accidents are perplexing. The sight lines are really good there. People just drive through it. Most of the accidents have involved local people that drive through there regularly.”
The Daviess County Highway Department has studied the crossing and in the past put up larger signs. Now they are going to take additional measures. “CR 350E is the through traffic,” said Cornelius. “We are going to add signage there warning that there is an intersection ahead. CR 100N will get additional signs alerting motorists that cross traffic does not stop. We are also going to be adding rumble strips on 100N in both directions approaching the intersection. We’ll also be putting a stop-bar marking on the road.”