Carroll Co. sheriff tries to stop J-turn installation at dangerous intersection

The Carroll County sheriff is trying to stop a J-turn from being installed at a dangerous intersection.

Posted: Jun 7, 2018 11:44 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Carroll County sheriff is trying to stop a J-turn from being installed at a dangerous intersection.

Since 2013, there have been 25 serious crashes and six fatal crashes at the intersection of the Hoosier Heartland and County Road 800 West.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is planning to construct a J-Turn at the intersection. According to INDOT, a J-turn will prevent anyone from turning left or going straight across the highway.

However, many people, including Sheriff Tobe Leazenby, are against it. They believe a J-turn could add confusion to what is already a dangerous intersection.

"I've had a son-in-law that was involved in an accident at that intersection and to me, I just don't feel like a J-turn is the answer for that intersection," said Chris Nipple told News 18.

Thursday night, Sheriff Leazenby held an open forum to discuss alternatives. Leazenby suggested a flashing stop light, pavement markings or lights surrounding the intersection.

"My intent, or direction I am looking to go, is to write Governor Holcomb and the INDOT commissioner and ask that this be revisited," said Leazenby.

INDOT is getting ready to take bids and is expected to begin construction by September. Leazenby and others hope they have enough time to convince INDOT otherwise.

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