KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced new Median U-Turns will open Wednesday along U.S. 41 in Oaktown.
This will be for the Old U.S. 41 and Freelandville Road intersections.
Drivers using Freelandville Road and Old U.S. 41will make a right-hand turn onto US 41, and go to the designated U-Turns to make a left-hand turn or go straight.
Once the U-Turns are open to traffic, the existing median crossovers at both locations will be closed and removed.
The new U-Turns are designed to reduce crashes at the intersections.
Full completion of this project is mid-September. The project began in June.
Information about Median U-Turns
Nationwide, statistics show a more than 50% decline in crashes where Median U-Turns are installed. Fatal crashes decline by as much as 85%.
In June 2015, INDOT opened its first Median U-Turn intersection at U.S. 41 and State Road 114 in Northwest Indiana. From 2008-2015, the intersection averaged four crashes a year with almost 40% of those reported as injury crashes, including one fatality. In the first year of operation for the Median U-Turn, the intersection experienced one minor crash, and no injuries or fatalities.
In 2011, INDOT widened U.S. 231 in Spencer County to four lanes, and for the first three years, there were at least four deaths and nine injuries at the intersections with S.R. 62 and S.R. 68. Since the intersections were converted to Median U-Turns in the summer of 2016, no serious injuries or fatalities have occurred at either location.
More information about Median U-Turns can be found here.
(This story was originally published on August 12, 2019)