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INDOT Reveals Plans For Deadly Spencer Co. Intersection

INDOT releases its plans to install a temporary stoplight at the intersection of State Road 66 and Orchard Road near South Spencer High School. The intersection will be reconstructed into a roundabout in 3 to 5 years.
Hundreds in Spencer County petition to make a deadly intersection safer and their voices were heard. The Indiana Department of Transportation releases its plans to install a stoplight at the intersection of State Road 66 and Orchard Road near South Spencer High School.

Jacob Hamilton was killed at the intersection back in March. The South Spencer High School senior was leaving school, when he was struck by a semi traveling on State Road 66. INDOT says it will install a temporary traffic light as part of its short term solution. It's called temporary -- because INDOT plans to reconstruct the intersection into a roundabout in 3 to 5 years.

Standing at the intersection Monday Tara Lloyd, Spencer County Highway Engineer, called the plans "above and beyond" petitioners' expectations. "Through this entire congested area it's really going to slow down the speed of traffic in front of these schools," said Lloyd. She says INDOT's plans to install a temporary stoplight while the roundabout is being designed speaks for the urgent need for additional safeguards.

After months of grieving the news gave Hamilton's mother, Jamie Hogston, something to smile about. "I'm just so thankful. I hope they realize that the decision they made has brought peace to a lot of people. I'm so glad," said Hogston, her voice full of emotion. "I just couldn't bear the thought of knowing another young person got killed here or hurt."

Workers could start installing the stoplight as soon as August 20. It's expected to be completed by August 30.
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