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November 7, 2013

OUR VIEW: Precautions and solutions needed for Hoosier Heartland intersections

If you’re looking to head to Fort Wayne via the Hoosier Heartland Corridor and you’re using the Burlington Avenue exit, you’re good. Heading to Lafayette via the Ind. 29 exit, you’re good there, too.

You want to head to Fort Wayne from the Ind. 29 exit or looking to travel to Lafayette from Burlington Avenue? You’d better be careful.

The problem with those trips is you don’t have direct access to the corridor. You can get off the corridor at Burlington Avenue, but you can’t get on there. You can get on the corridor at Ind. 29, but you can’t get off there.

You confused yet? If so, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the intersections and we’ve reported on the many accidents that prove it.

If you’re heading west on the corridor and want to reach Ind. 29, you’ll need to exit at Burlington. Then, you have to navigate across one northbound lane, a median, two southbound lanes and a right-turn lane to get to the access road that takes you across to Ind. 29.

Right now, the Ind. 29 intersection is under construction. When it’s completed, if you’re looking to turn south onto Ind. 29, you’ll need to navigate an intersection just like at Burlington Avenue. The only difference will be an additional lane to cross because Ind. 29 is a four-lane highway.

Navigating these intersections becomes more dangerous when the sun goes down. We argue, though, it’s at its worst at shift change, when traffic pours in and out of the industrial complex. Not only do Tyson Foods, Pasquale Trucking Co., Hanson Logistics and the other industries to the north of the intersection churn out a lot of traffic from their workforces, they attract a whole lot of semi traffic.

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