INDOT to install four way signal at busy Romney intersection

INDOT is hoping it will help make it safer, but it's not the first time that kind of signal will be installed.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 6:35 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 7:13 PM

ROMNEY, Ind. (WLFI) — It's a project that residents say is a long time coming.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is installing a four-way traffic signal at State Road 28 and U.S. 231 in Romney.

It's hoping it will help make it safer, but it's not the first time that kind of signal will be installed.

As we reported in 2015, the detour for the I-65 closure led drivers straight through Romney.

At that time, the intersection was a four-way stop. Then, INDOT put in a four-way signal to help the flow of traffic.

After I-65 reopened, INDOT did a traffic count and decided to add flashers on US 231, but drivers on State Road 28 still had to stop.

A more recent count showed an increase in traffic there. That led INDOT to add a permanent four-way signal.

Mike Macy said he thinks the four-way signals should have stayed.

"The flashers do absolutely nothing. The average speed through here is 45 and it's a 30 mile an hour zone," said Macy. "The solution is get the light up. You know, it should have been left here."

INDOT said the new signals will be up and fully operational in October.

There are also several projects along Interstate 65.

Crews are working to expand it three lanes each way over the Wabash River Bridge. It's a continuation of the project that wrapped up a few years ago and will wrap up early next summer.

Crews are also replacing the decking on the Laramie and Little Potato Creek bridge on 65.

INDOT spokesperson Debbie Calder says crews are on schedule despite the number of projects and the pandemic.

"There wasn't the traffic out there, but now everything has opened back up, pretty much, and traffic counts are back up there," Calder explained. "So, construction is continuing as normal."

Work is also taking place near the State Road 28 exits on I-65 in Clinton County.

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