News and Tribune

Recent Local News

July 11, 2013

Jeffersonville requests state's assistance for Ind. 62 and Utica-Sellersburg Road intersection

JEFFERSONVILLE —

Traffic that is expected to pass through the region once an expanded downtown corridor and a new east-end bridge are complete has Jeffersonville officials eyeing a strategy to improve other roadways.

Mayor Mike Moore held a news conference Wednesday to request the state’s assistance in reconstructing the intersection of Ind. 62 and Utica-Sellersburg Road, an increasingly congested area. In addition to a request to improve the intersection, Moore asked the state to lower the speed limit through the area — just beyond the interchange with Interstate 265 — from 55 mph to 45 mph.

“This intersection, when it was developed 10 years ago, we didn’t have near this volume [of cars],” Moore said. “We didn’t have all of these homes out here, we didn’t have River Ridge busting at the seams.”

The area is already posing some headaches for commuters and traffic congestion is only expected to worsen once the Ohio River Bridges Project is complete.

Moore did not present any formal plans to address the situation. Will Wingfield, Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman, said that INDOT did receive a request to conduct a traffic study two weeks ago from state Sen. Ron Grooms, R-Jeffersonville. 

However, INDOT has not received any specific requests from Jeffersonville on how to make improvements to the intersection. Wingfield said that traffic studies normally take several weeks to complete and even if a project is outlined, it would still have to go through the project-development process.

Wingfield said the state controls Ind. 62 north of the interchange with I-265. South of the interchange the city of Jeffersonville has control of the roadway, which is known as Tenth Street. 

Since Ind. 62 is controlled by Indiana, the state’s assistance would be required to make changes to the intersection.

“We need the state’s help in making it safer for our commuters,” Moore said. “This intersection was good 10 years ago. It’s not efficient anymore,” he said later in the press conference.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Recent Local News
LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.