The Porter County Commissioners have approved
the installation of flashing warning lights at the intersection of Meridian
Road and C.R. 950N, a two-way stop.
The move comes
after Porter County Council Member Jeff Larson--a Liberty Township
resident--began receiving calls from neighbors about accidents at the
intersection, Commissioner Jim Biggs, R-North, told the Chesterton
Tribune this morning.
“I asked the
Sheriff’s Department for a crash history at that intersection and sure
enough accidents have increased there over the last five years,” Biggs said.
“And they’ll continue to increase with residential development.”
Biggs also noted
that Meridian Road is one of the routes of choice for school buses traveling
to Chesterton High School from out-of-town for competitions and other
accordingly found funding for the flashers in the cable franchise budget,
administered by the County Highway Department, Biggs said.
To be installed
next month: illuminated stop signs for east- and westbound motorists on C.R.
950N; and flashing yellow warning lights for north- and southbound motorists
on Meridian Road, approximately 500 feet from the intersection in each
The signals will be
solar-powered and the cost--around $12,000--is “quite reasonable,” Biggs
Earlier this year
illuminated stop signs and flashing signals were similarly installed at two
other problematic two-way stops: the one at Meridian Road and C.R. 700N; the
other at McCool Road and C.R. 875N.