WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Connection Point Church has been a part of the West Lafayette community for nearly three years.
“We were actually in the middle of a cornfield for about a year before the roads opened,” said lead pastor Ted Brust.
It was back in April when Cumberland Avenue was extended to intersect with U.S. 231 right in front of the church. Since then, Brust has noticed a problem.
“What I notice is that traffic counts are getting heavier,” said Brust. “There are more cars on Cumberland Avenue than there were even a few weeks ago (and) 231 is becoming more popular as well.”
On Sunday, two cars collided at the intersection, killing one of the drivers. It’s something Brust said was saddening to hear.
“Those things shouldn’t have to happen,” said Brust. “So, hopefully, we’ll take some action.”
INDOT spokeswoman Debbie Calder said traffic engineers conducted a study of the intersection the week of July 14. She said engineers looked at not only traffic volume, but a variety of factors to determine if a stoplight is necessary.
“Is it a county road that it’s intersecting with it? Is it another state road it’s intersecting with? This is a four lane intersection,” said Calder. “So a lot of different things are looked at by our traffic engineers when they are trying to determine if those volumes are met, then deciding to proceed with the traffic signal.”
Calder said engineers are now analyzing the data and results should be available sometime next week.
However, she said even if a stoplight is needed it could take another 8 to 12 months before drivers see it installed.
“We’ve got a great city, a great county, a great state,” said Brust. “So I’m sure they’ll figure out some way to make this work, so they can get something in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”