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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The mayor of Jeffersonville is asking the state for help in solving serious traffic and safety problems on Highway 62 in Jeffersonville. The mayor says he made the request after realizing he cannot fix the problem himself.
Two weeks ago, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore told WDRB's Lawrence Smith he had the authority to decrease the speed limit on Highway 62 from 55 miles an hour to 45. But it turns out, the mayor was wrong. "While this part of highway 62 is within the city, the State of Indiana controls and maintains it. There's nothing the city can do," said Moore.
Traffic along Highway 62 is exploding because of growth and development, including the River Ridge Industrial Park.
Reducing the speed limit is seen as one way to help make the road safer. But as Moore found out, it's not going to be easy.
The speed limit is just part of the problem. Sections of this road need to be rebuilt. "We need desperately for the state to step up to the plate by making this stretch of its highway system safer for everyone," said Moore.
Businessman Matt Keller has been pushing for improvements to Highway 62 for years. He's not surprised that the mayor can't act alone, but is pleased he's raising the alarm. "I'm glad they are finally aware there's a problem. There is a serious problem here. More power to him. I hope he gets it done," said Keller.
State Senator Ron Grooms says he has met with state transportation officials, and they are conducting a study of the problems here. He says right now there's no final plan.
The mayor says both the city and the industrial park are willing to help foot the bill. "I'm confident we're going to work this problem out. I need it done now," said Moore.
Indeed, with the East End Bridge coming on line, and the industrial park only at 6 percent capacity, the problem will only get worse.
Keller hopes the fix doesn't come too late. "Someone's going to get killed one day. There's going to be a bad accident," he said.