2013-12-20 / Front Page

INDOT Review Determines Construction Zone On S.R. 46E Was ‘Set Up Properly’

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

Additional reflective pavement markers and other visual safety markings were placed along State Road 46 East on Thursday, in the construction zone near the Owen-Monroe county line. (Staff Photo) Additional reflective pavement markers and other visual safety markings were placed along State Road 46 East on Thursday, in the construction zone near the Owen-Monroe county line. (Staff Photo) Additional visual safety markings were placed along the State Road 46 East construction zone Thursday near the Owen-Monroe county line as the Indiana Department of Transportation continues its efforts to address safety concerns voiced by local residents.

“Raised Pavement Markers (RPMs) are being installed at the center of the roadway today. These will be Reflective Pavement Markers used for permanent placement to stand up to plow blades through the wintertime,” INDOT Seymour District Public Information Officer Harry Maginity said on Thursday. “But these are intended for temporary use, to be taken up when lanes are reconfigured later in the construction time line.”

Maginity also said that upon review, INDOT has determined that the work zone was established properly.


A recent review by the Indiana Department of Transportation has determined the work zone along State Road 46 East near the Owen-Monroe county line was set up properly in terms of safety protocol. (Staff Photo) A recent review by the Indiana Department of Transportation has determined the work zone along State Road 46 East near the Owen-Monroe county line was set up properly in terms of safety protocol. (Staff Photo) “Of course, we will continue to study the highway on either side of the county line in order to do everything practically possible to assure safety for the motoring public,” he added. “On the public’s side of things, we want to remind motorists that construction zones are not ‘finished’ roadways – and require full attention of drivers, for their own safety and the safety of others. This means lowering speeds and complete awareness of driving condition. Constant attention to acceleration, braking and steering, as well as awareness of actions of other drivers.”

“Because we have some federal money involved with this project, when INDOT makes changes, they have to get everything changed with the federal government, which is a big problem, because they move slower than we would like,” Indiana District 46 State Representative Bob Heaton said. “I went through that area a few weeks ago and if you don’t go about 38 miles per hour through there, it’s tough. We have been communicating with the Seymour District to make sure all the concerns are addressed.”

The INDOT Southeast Facebook page posted an update online Thursday afternoon, highlighting the installation of reflectors.

“Prepare to stop this afternoon as subcontractor crews will be embedding reflectors into pavement, which will make it easier to see the double-yellow center line during night and rain. This is not typically done for a temporary work zone pattern and we have been waiting since last week for the temps to rise so the epoxy would set properly,” the post read. “We are also plowing and treating the work zone as aggressively as possible, which will require us to continue maintaining the striping that was installed a week ago. These embedded reflectors are designed to withstand the plow blades. A few have asked on this page whether a traffic signal or flaggers could be placed at either end of the work zone and only allow one-way traffic through. Thank you for the suggestion! This is safest and most effective when there is only one way in and one way out of the work zone... within the work zone there are multiple intersecting public roads and private drives from which someone could turn in going the wrong way. Again, thanks for the suggestions as no one has a monopoly on good ideas.”

A request for comment from Indiana District 39 State Senator John Waterman (R-Shelburn) was instead deferred to INDOT.

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