Lawmakers concerned about highway safety


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Highway troubles are plaguing the Hoosier state. A new report offered lawmakers suggestions to fixing the states dangerous roadways including Interstate 70. So how do your representatives feel?

Last week the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure released a report acknowledging the dangers that highways like I-70 pose to Hoosiers.

But its an issue Wabash Valley lawmakers were already aware of.

“We know that we need that extra lane. Its 6 lanes up to Plainfield then from Plainfield to Terre Haute and the Illinois border its four lane and it gets really crowded especially with truck traffic that’s on I-70,” Democratic Indiana House Representative Clyde Kersey said.

While Representative Kersey is a Democrat and Representative Morrison is a Republican both said the same thing: Adding an extra lane would change the entire dynamic for Wabash Valley drivers…

“Anybody who has traveled from here to Indianapolis knows that there are two trucks out of every three vehicles on that road and it gets a little dicey every once in a while,” Republican Indiana House Representative Morrison said.

But as the report said, the only roadblock for Hoosier highway safety will be finding the funds to make it happen.

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