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Daviess And Pike Counties Ask INDOT To Address Flooding Of State Road 257
Updated August 25, 2015 5:27 AM | Filed under: Politics
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(DAVIESS CO.) - Daviess Commissioners voted to join forces with Pike County on imploring the Indiana Department of Transportation to look at a permanent solution for the flooding of State Road 257 south of the Capehart Bridge.

The often flooded roadway has been the site of numerous water rescues and fatalities over the years.

The Washington Times reports, on Monday, in their regular meeting, commissioners signed a letter with their Pike County colleagues asking INDOT to "reignite" talks that started 10 to 15 years ago about raising State Road 257 to help with flooding south of the Capehart Bridge over the East Fork of the White River.

Commissioners believe that some new tools may exist to further improve this deadly area, namely flood easements which were used in the building of I-69.

The area which floods is a thoroughfare for those who work between Daviess, Pike and Dubois counties, with a traffic count of about 2,700 vehicles a day.

But despite signs and flashing warnings when it floods, in past years motorists have often broken the law, moved the barricades and driven around them. Rescuing and-or searching for victims in the flood current can also put officers at risk.

As an extra preventive measure taken on 257 last year, INDOT placed a plastic interlocking barrier wall at the edge of floodwaters on both sides of the road closures in Pike and Daviess counties.

On the Daviess County side, it was between guardrails, and on the Pike County side of the flood plain, standard barricades were placed from the barrier walls to right-of-way fences. The interlocking wall was to be filled with water or sand to make it virtually impossible for motorists to move.

However in July, a Pike County motorist was rescued from floodwaters after moving the new barrier walls, which had not been filled with the needed water or sand.

INDOT officials then filled the barriers and bolted them to the guardrail on the Daviess County side, and fastened to newly-erected poles in Pike County.

INDOT has looked into the flooding problem in the past, but this new action by the commissioners in both counties will bring it back to INDOT's attention.

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