Residents fighting US 24 changes in northern Indiana


PERU, Ind. (AP) — Residents and local officials are fighting plans for overhauling a U.S. 24 intersection in northern Indiana, saying they don’t believe it will improve traffic safety.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has proposed building a so-called “J-turns” at U.S. 24 and Indiana 19 near Peru.

Agency officials cite 26 crashes involving two deaths there over the past decade as the reason for changing traffic patterns.

The J-turns would allow only right-hand turns only entering or exiting U.S. 24, with a dedicated lane for drivers to later make U-turns.

The Miami County economic development director said he worried the J-turns won’t provide safe crossing for semitrailers from the nearby Peru Industrial Park.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Don't Miss