INDOT responds to condition of medians across Terre Haute


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Medians overtaken with tall grass and weeds are an all too common sight throughout Terre Haute.

So who’s responsible for the care of those roadway dividers?

In some cases it’s the state.

Many Terre Haute drivers are familiar with the medians that stretch from the North end of 41 to the South.

It’s these roadway dividers that Mayor Duke Bennett recently called “eyesores.”

Since we brought you the story about overgrown grass and weeds choking these medians, the three foot weeds have been taken care of.

“I believe weeding in towns like that is kind of an as needed basis, but I think it’s something they try to do a couple a times a year,” said Debbie Calder, Communications Director with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

So why does chipped paint and broken concrete remain?

“Not to make up excuses at all, but the crews were very busy with the chip-seal projects, and then they started to work on other things that are priorities here to people in the city,” said Calder.

Maintaining the dividers that stretch down Terre Haute’s main drag is not an easy task.

“With INDOT we are sharing equipment with other sub-districts to save money and funds. Anytime we can do that and save tax payer dollars it’s a plus for everybody. It takes manpower, time, and it takes money,” said Calder.

Later this fall there is plans to resurface areas of 41 but until then the Department of Transportation asks for your patience.

“I know people want us to get out there and rest assured we will get to it,” said Calder.

INDOT does plan to look at the medians on 41 next week to see if there is any broken concrete that needs to be repaired. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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