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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.

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