TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – For about two years drivers have been using the Hoosier Heartland Highway instead of the Old State Road 25. First responders in the area have noticed as they look at the number of crashes in a year.
“We were hitting 30, 40, 50 runs on the Old 25,” Buck Creek Fire Chief Mike Welborn said. “Now we are down to 10 or 15.”
Welborn hopes the road can continue to have low impact traffic. He hopes an ordinance passed Monday by Tippecanoe County commissioners banning stone quarries in residential areas, which would include a proposed quarry off the Old State Road 25 in Americus, keeps trucks off the road.
“As a department, yes, we would like to stay away from [the construction of the quarry] happening there,” Welborn said. “We want to keep it a more low impact road instead of a high impact road.”
The Hoosier Heartland Highway helped take traffic off the Old State Road 25, but now first responders are seeing the return of certain vehicles.
“I live right off Old 25, and I’ve noticed lately a lot of traffic has picked up on Old 25,” Welborn said. “A lot of dump trucks are using that again. They’ll come out of the quarry in Delphi and cut on the Old 25.”
Welborn said his calls to wrecks on the Old State Road 25 have not increased since he’s noticed heavier truck traffic.
“I just see it as a matter of time,” Welborn said.
Welborn plans to attend the August 27 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting where the Rogers Group’s application for a stone quarry in Americus will be considered.
News 18 reached out to Rogers Group attorneys after Monday’s ordinance passing to ask what the company plans to do next. That call was not returned. A follow up call on Tuesday was also not returned.