(LITTLE CINCINNATI) - State Representative Matt Ubelhor (R-Bloomfield) and the Indiana Department of Transportation announced traffic safety improvements planned for the north junction of State Road 45 and State Road 54 at Little Cincinnati, including a passing lane for SR 45 traffic.
In the short term, INDOT will mount flashing beacons on the "New Traffic Pattern Ahead" signs and install "blinders" to ensure the stop sign is only visible to S.R. 54 traffic heading southeast. Rumble strips will also be added for S.R. 45 headed southwest towards the intersection.
Ubelhor and INDOT also announced a future project to install a passing "blister", which will provide a short passing lane for SR 45 traffic heading northeast to bypass traffic turning left onto SR 54. Construction of the passing blister would begin after an environmental review is completed and land is purchased.
In late June, INDOT reconfigured the traffic pattern so that SR 45, which makes up 80 percent of traffic passing through the intersection, does not stop. SR 54 now must yield the right of way and enter or cross SR 45 during a safe gap in traffic. INDOT had previously installed several measures to support the new traffic pattern:
- Reduced speed limit near the intersection to 45 mph
- "New Traffic Pattern Ahead" signs
- "Watch for Left Turn" signs for SR 45 heading southwest.
- 40 mph advisory speed limit signs for SR 45 heading southwest.
- Rumble strips for SR 54 heading southeast.
- "Stop Ahead" signs with warning flashers for SR 54 heading southeast.
- Improved route signage to assist drivers that are unfamiliar with the area.
- Temporary dynamic message signs to alert inexperienced drivers returning to school.
INDOT urges drivers to stay alert, avoid distractions and watch for other motorists as they adjust to this new traffic pattern. For construction updates and traffic alerts, follow INDOT on social media at http://facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistri... andhttp://twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest, or access INDOT's TrafficWise Traveler Information Service at http://indot.carsprogram.org.
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