OAKTOWN, Ind. (WTWO) – Two southern Indiana intersections are getting a makeover that could save lives, following several crashes on a stretch of US 41 – many of which were deadly.
Over recent years, US 41 between the intersections of Freelandville Rd. and Old US 41 have proven to be dangerous for some drivers.
INDOT Project Manager Lora Phillipe said the majority of the accidents happened due to a failure to yield.
Currently, drivers that pass through that area can cross US 41 at both intersections.
To help reduce the number of accidents, the medians of these intersections will be removed and replaced by “J turns,” which are described as “two median U-turn intersections.”
A Knox County official said he believes the change is necessary.
Knox County Councilman David Culp said, “It’s going to take a while for the citizens to accept the way it’s going and get used to the traffic flow, but it’s definitely going to save lives.”
Some are still unsure if J-turns are the best answer.
Local resident Mark Owens said, “I think there’s going to be a lot of rear ends and stuff because they’re going to have to get in the passing lane to make that J-turn.”
INDOT expects the median U-turns to be finished next week.
The entire project is scheduled to be completed in the middle of September.
(This story was originally published on August 1, 2019)