EVANSVILLE, INDIANA — The white fences, orange cones and flashing lights blocking off part of South Green River Road is meant to direct traffic away, but many drivers are viewing them more as a suggestion, rather than a rule.
“See, no one pays attention,” Crystal Vandiver, the office manager at Tillman Eyecare, located right in front of the construction zone, said. “They just go around it.”
“Obviously the road’s closed, but people still drive around it like it doesn’t even exist,” Mike Talerzyk, who’s home is directly across from the construction, said.
The City of Evansville has blocked off the southbound lanes of Green River Road between Cass Avenue and Covert Avenue with plans to fix up parts of the road that have been caving in, even causing sinkholes. Signs posted next to Covert Avenue direct drivers to take detours, but many drivers are ignoring that direction.
“We’ve actually told people to go through our business if they need to go that way for safety, but it’s not working,” Vandiver said.
From her office across from the construction, Vandiver has had a front-row seat to some close calls.
“Last night when I was leaving, two cars actually stopped and were blowing horns at each other to see who could go through,” she said.
“It’s like a rollercoaster ride and all these cars are headed down and they’re just going – schwoop!” Scott Hudson, a neighbor, said.
According to Hudson, who lives in front of the barricade, he called the City of Evansville alerting them about the caving road and sidewalk. He said that while the construction is necessary to fix up the road, it does create its own set of problems.
“It’s very stressful,” he said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen.”
“I see an accident happening if they don’t start doing something out there,” Vandiver said.
There still is no obvious solution to this traffic conundrum, but for Vandiver and others in the area, all they can do for now is to ask drivers to be smart on the road.
“They’re just not paying attention and they’re hurrying and racing to beat the other car,” she said.
“Obey the traffic laws. The road’s closed – that means follow the detour,” Talerzyk said.
Eyewitness News has reached out to the City of Evansville to learn more about the construction project and are waiting for a response at this time.