Discussions on a fix for State Road 261 and Fruitwood Lane will be continued in a meeting hosted by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

INDOT will host a public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Castle High School in Newburgh at 6 p.m. to continue the conversation about the troubled intersection. The meeting comes after INDOT officials presented the problem to the Warrick County Commissioners in their regular meeting on Dec. 10 due to an increase in serious wrecks at the intersection.

At the time, the commissioners said they were in agreement that changes need to be made in the intersection, but weren't in agreement with INDOT's proposal to install a median that would restrict travel in the intersection. The median would mean traffic could only continue straight or turn right at the intersection, forcing motorists to continue to Peachwood Lane in order to access the businesses on the opposite side of the road.

Commissioner Dan Saylor said the solution presented by INDOT may have consequences for businesses in the area. He said the commissioners shared concerns about safety but were also concerned about repercussions for the businesses surrounding the intersection.

"We're supporting a safer intersection, but we're not just for the cheapest fix," he said, after the December meeting. "We're supporting something being done to make the interaction safer."

Now the public will have the opportunity to provide their input on the fix for the intersection in the public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 16. According to an INDOT release, the meeting will feature a brief presentation followed by an informal open house session where project team members will be available to address questions.

Prior to the meeting, project information will be posted to the INDOT website, Vincennes District page at https://www.in.gov/indot/2707.htm.

Who: Indiana Department of Transportation

What: Public hearing to discuss the installation of a median at the intersection of State Road 261 and Fruitwood Lane.

Where: Castle High School, 3344 State Road 261, Newburgh, Indiana, 47630

When: Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m.

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