9 Evansville intersections scheduled for upgrades in 2021

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EVANSVILLE, In. (WEHT) —

Upgrades are coming to some highly-traveled intersections in Evansville.

At a meeting at Mccullough Library on Thursday, city officials shared plans with the public.

Project manager Shawn Strange presented the plans for each intersection separately.

“Each intersection we are looking at, the traffic equipment is over 30 years old.”

In all, there are nine intersections, split into two separate projects. You can see those intersections below:

Green River Road and Monroe
Green River Road and Washington
Green River Road and Powell
Green River Road and Bayard Park
Green River Road and Bellemeade
Washington and Lawndale
Washington and Erie
Green River Road and Vogel
First Avenue and Mill

So what can drivers and pedestrians expect to change?

There will be new, or added, ramps for pedestrian safety.

There will also be changes to the configuration of the traffic signals.

“Instead of it being diagonal, it’s going to be boxed,” explains Strange. “The box will allow you to see the traffic signal heads on the other side of the intersection, instead of looking straight up at them.”

Every intersection will be getting fixes unique to its own needs, like the one in front of Holy Rosary School.

“We’ll be getting new signs to demarcate the Greenriver Road school zone.”

As far as traffic changes during the construction, Greenriver and Washington will see the biggest shift.

“The whole intersection will be stop controlled for probably 2, 3 days.”

As far as price tag, the state will pay 80 percent, while the city will pick up the rest.

“The city will probably break out about a half million, and the state will pay a million,” said Executive Director of Transportation Todd Robertson, referring to one project.

However, the project is still in preliminary phases and nothing has been set yet.

In a release, the city stated that center curb mounted pedestrian signals, which are frequently damaged, will be relocated to new overhead spans.

Overhead microwave vehicle detection and countdown-type pedestrian signals will also be installed.

Work is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2021.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 19, 2020)

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