J-Turns Proposed To Make U. S. 231 At Dale Safer (with VIDEO)

EP-141219968The Indiana Department of Transportation says a “J-Turn” is their solution to making the intersection of U. S. 231 and Indiana 62 safer.

Four people have lost their lives in accidents at that intersection just west of Dale since the new four-laned U. S. 231 opened in the summer of 2011; nine others have been injured.

A “J-Turn” prevents drivers from going straight across or turning left onto Hwy 231 from Indiana 62 in either direction.

The “J turn” would require drivers to turn right on 231, go a quarter of a mile and then make a “U-turn” in the other direction. The driver then would turn right on Indiana 62.

INDOT is also proposing a second “J-Turn” at the intersection of U. S. 231 and Indiana 68 about a mile to the south.

The price tag is an estimated $1.5 million.

The idea was presented last night at a public meeting at Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City.

CLICK HERE for a video about how “J-Turns” Work…

The public can still submit written comments through Monday, May 11 to Rickie Clark, INDOT public involvement manager, at rclark@indot.in.gov or 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N642, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

INDOT says it will now perform an environmental review as it develops the project for bid.  Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in late 2015.

For more information, follow INDOT on social media at facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest or visit the web page for INDOT’s regional district at vincennes.indot.in.gov.