WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Since mid-July, Indiana Department of Transportation traffic engineers have been studying the U.S. 231 and Cumberland Avenue intersection to see if a traffic light is needed. Friday, the decision was announced.
“The results from that study have shown us that the minimum criteria to install a traffic signal at that location were not met,” said INDOT spokesperson Debbie Calder.
Calder said in order for a traffic signal to be installed, a minimum of 630 cars per hour had to travel on U.S. 231 in 8 hours in a 24-hour period. Calder said those 8 hours did not have to be consecutive hours.
Seventy vehicles per hour had to be calculated in an 8 hour period on Cumberland. Calder said neither criteria were met. She said the other possibility was to look at the minimum volume of traffic traveling these two stretches over a four hour period.
“There would have to be 420 cars per hour on U.S. 231 and 140 cars per hour on the side street,” said Calder. “During our analysis, we only showed three hours in a 24 hour period that met that specific criteria.”
Calder said for now, the stop signs at the intersection will stay.
She said engineers will come back out to the intersection to conduct another study once Purdue is back in session.
“There were some of those criteria that were close,” said Calder. “So, therefore we will go out again when the students are back and recount that intersection.”
A fatal crash occurred at the intersection late last month. Calder said that’s something they’ll also take into consideration when they come back out to study again in September.