INDOT plans project to address dangerous intersection

A construction project will address issues at the intersection of State Road 57 and Meridian street in Washington Indiana.

Posted: Mar. 20, 2019 6:57 PM
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019 7:13 PM

WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTHI) - Tara Brower is the owner of the Edward Jones Investments building on the corner of Meridian and Tharp streets. For nine years, Brower has had a front-row seat of the hazardous interchange.

Brower says, "We have a lot of activity along this road. It's a dangerous intersection. We have a lot of clients and a lot of patrons that leave, come into and leave this area."

That activity includes an alarming number of traffic accidents.

Brower explains, "Mostly rear-end crashes. We hear them, usually before we see them. But the main concern is I think is the safety and being able to exit and enter the highway safely."

State Road 57 and Meridian street come together at a 'Y' intersection. However, just before Meridian's stop sign, Tharp street also intersects the busy junction.

Brower explains, "There is a construction business behind us that has a lot of heavy traffic in terms of semi-tractor trailers pulling out."

The intersection now is on the Indiana Department of Transportation's list to be fixed.

Jason Tiller with INDOT says, "What we're doing is essentially we're going to add some turn lanes. We're going to widen out that intersection a little bit. Make it a lot more safe for the motoring public."

Construction will convert the y intersection to something more traditional. Meridian will meet State Road 57 at a ninety-degree angle. Brower says she is optimistic about the changes.

Brower says, "I think as any business owner, it makes me nervous while they are making the changes. For exit and entry and how does that disrupt business. But overall if the result is good and it makes it safer we're very happy about it."

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