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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

INDOT ignores safety concerns about detouring traffic on narrow Beaver Creek Road for summer project on Indiana State Road 60 West

HURON - MARCH 29, 2024 - Despite safety concerns expressed by local officials and local residents the Indiana Department of Transportation has ignored the pleas for a better option for a detour along Indiana State Road 60 West onto Beaver Creek Road.


Photo: Residents are concerned about semi's getting stuck on a elevated rail crossing on the east end of Beaver Creek Road and Indiana State Road 60 West


This comes after the Indiana Department of Transportation will be making repairs to a rock slide that will close the busy highway this summer. There is a large amount of semi-traffic that uses the state highway between the 50/60 West split and Mitchell, Indiana.


Photo: With only a narrow road a large amount of traffic has Beaver Creek Road residents concerned about poor road conditions and safety


On two separate occasions the Lawrence County Commissioner Dustin Gabhart and Lawrence County Highway Superintendent Brandy Webb have requested a one lane closure.


The requests have been made to seek a compromise but the INDOT have refused to address the issue.


The closure is expected to last 45 days with a start date that has not been announced.


Photo: Indiana Rep. District 65 Chris May and former Lawrence County Commissioner


A resident told the Lawrence County Zephyr that he contacted former Lawrence County Commissioner and Indiana State District 65 Rep. Chris May and has not received a response.


In addition, the resident have reached out to the Indiana Department of Transportation and received no response from the agency.


File photo: INDOT has ignored requests for a safe detour around a road closure later this summer on Indiana State Road 60 West


" Beaver Creek Road is not adequate 2 lane road for cars, not to mention the large dump trucks and semi's that pass through. The roadway is nearly destroyed now." said the local resident who spoke to the Lawrence County Zephyr on Thursday.


Lawrence County government does not have a highway engineer to facilitate a discussion on the matter and use data to support the compromise requested.



Photo: The CSX Transportation has little or no rail traffic in the area


For residents who want to reach out to INDOT can do so by email: INDOT4U.com or phone: 855-INDOT4U ( 463-6848)


Indiana State District 65 Rep. Chris May - Phone 1-800-382-9841 or h65@iga.in.gov


Indiana State District 44 Senator Eric Koch - Phone 1-800-382-94658


For breaking news and information go to lczephyr.org or like/follow the Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.


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