Drivers raise concerns over lack of signs on US 24 bridge reconstruction

Drivers crossing over a bridge reconstruction in Cass County are concerned for their safety

Posted: May. 17, 2018 5:53 PM

CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)-- Drivers crossing over a bridge reconstruction in Cass County are concerned for their safety. They said the lack of signs to warn drivers of the stop ahead could cause a serious accident.

It all started with a Facebook post warning people in the area of the construction. The bridge replacement project now has traffic east and west bound narrowed to one lane. Drivers said the number of signs Indiana Department of Transportation has up isn't enough.

Drivers flying down US 24 aren't prepared for what stop is ahead. The lane closure over Crooked Creek bridge in Cass County has drivers speaking up on Facebook. They said the lack of warning signs on both sides of the construction is concerning, especially in an area where many remember a tragic incident happening back in 2008.

Almost ten years ago, four students died in a bus accident on US 24, now residents said they're nervous that a similar situation could happen, due to the lack of signs warning drivers to slow down.

INDOT Media Relations Director Adam Parkhouse said the number of signs is all dependent on the project's location. But after recent complaints, INDOT is expected to add more signs.

"Citizens or motorists that are passing through, they notice issues," said Parkhouse. "We do have a process for handling complaints."

Driver Dawn Wild said she hopes INDOT comes through with putting up more warnings, but she's also staying cautious.

"This is Lake Cicott and you're supposed to slow down even in this stretch of 45, and they don't," said Wild. "They fly by, you can see that right now that they fly by."

Other drivers, we spoke to say they are planning to take an alternate route. For them, this route isn't worth a potential accident.

INDOT said because of the number of reports, starting next Wednesday the signs will be moved forward 1,000 feet on each side of the closure. In addition, more signs will be placed on each side including a message board on the east side to warn drivers coming around the corners.

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