Plans to add J-turn to Carroll County intersection for safety

An intersection with a history of serious crashes is set to get a new design to make it safer.
An intersection with a history of serious crashes is set to get a new design to make it safer.

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — An intersection with a history of serious crashes in Carroll County is set to get a new design to make it safer.

In the meantime, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby is asking the state to consider making improvements that could prevent crashes.

“They weren’t anticipating taking any kind of action with that particular intersection until 4, 5, 6 years out,” Leazenby said.

The crossroads are Hoosier Heartland Highway and County Road 800 West. The idea for the intersection is to add a J-turn that is expected to be installed in the year 2020.

Sheriff Leazenby spoke with an Indiana Department of Transportation engineer about the design in other states.

“The percentages of serious crashes and fatalities in that state had dropped when they had implemented J-turns in various parts of that state,” said Leazenby.

He met with INDOT recently to discuss other immediate options. He said doing something now could save someone’s life.

“Additional lighting, not necessarily over head but lighting as an attention-getting aspect,” said Leazenby.

This will alert drivers who are approaching the intersection. He also mentioned removing the yield signs in the median and making them stop signs.

“Most drivers approach yield signs as being optional, where as, obviously, stop is mandatory,” Leazenby said.

The main focus for the sheriff is to keep drivers safe until the J-turn is added.

“As I’ve said from time to time, we could be potentially saving lives here during that time period. So if we can save even one life, that’s what I want to accomplish,” said Leazenby.