Public hearing set to discuss roundabout at SR 60 and bypass intersection

By: 
Staff Writer Kate Wehlann

The number of accidents and local dissatisfaction with the bypass at its intersection with State Road 60 have prompted further action by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

INDOT will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Salem City Hall to discuss the current plan designs for a proposed roundabout at the SR60 bypass intersection.

“The purpose of the proposed project is to enhance safety at the intersection by reducing the frequency and severity of vehicular collisions at this location,” said INDOT. “The preferred alternative is to reconfigure the intersection into a single-lane roundabout. The proposed project also will include replacing the pavement to full depth, as needed, to build new approach legs leading into the roundabout. Existing guardrails along the south side of the intersection and a portion of the existing guardrail along the north side of SR 60 to the east of the Salem bypass will be removed and not replaced. New guardrail end treatments will be installed. The project proposal will also include intersection lighting.”

INDOT proposes the project will begin in 2021 and will use phased construction, with access to properties maintained at all times during the project.

Proposed construction of the intersection improvement is anticipated to begin in 2021 and would be constructed utilizing phased construction.

You can find environmental documents prior to the hearing at the following locations:
1.  Salem Public Library, 212 North Main Street, Salem, Indiana 47167
2.  INDOT Seymour District Office, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, Indiana 47274
3.  INDOT Office of Public Involvement, Rm N642, 100 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204-2216, Phone # (317) 232-6601

Public statements for the record will be taken as part of the public hearing procedure. All verbal statements recorded during the public hearing and all written comments submitted prior to, during and for a period of two (2) weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation. Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing and within the comment period to: INDOT Public Hearings, IGCN Room N642, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204. E-Mail: rclark@indot.IN.gov.  INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020.

Should the weather prevent this hearing from going as planned, the hearing may be delayed until Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the same time and place.

Comments

So many of the accidents that happen here are because people are stupid and/or impatient. The line of sight for oncoming traffic is clear on both directions when pulling onto Hwy 60 from the bypass, but I have seen people dart out because they can't be bothered to wait an extra 30 seconds, or pull out when their view is blocked by a large vehicle in the other lane. If you are not willing to wait and you know traffic will be heavier at certain times, just go thru town. It only takes a couple of minutes more and is actually faster in some cases.
Somebody said they should install traffic lights there, but I don't think that would help much and would disrupt traffic flow and make things even worse. It is a real shame that they are wanting/needing to redo this intersection at so much cost and inconvenience (when they have to close the intersection to finish certain sections) and detour people thru Scottsburg via 56 and 65.
Speaking of the bypass, I thought that trucks were supposed to use the bypass and not go thru town. I have seen an increasing number of semis going thru town..not stopping in town to make deliveries, just going thru town and around the square. Are they going to start enforcing the law more?

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