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New Albany set to fix accident prone stretch of Spring Street using federal grant money

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A crash analysis from Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) found Spring Street is the most dangerous stretch of road in New Albany, but a grant may help correct the issue.

Spring Street between Beharrell Avenue and Vincennes Street is actually ranked as one of the most accident-prone streets in southern Indiana.

“I have personally investigated numerous crashes at these intersections,” stated New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey. “Being responsible for public safety, I am excited to support any initiative to make these areas safer.”

But the city is getting federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant money through the Indiana Department of Transportation to fix the problems.

Improvements to the area include:

  • New signal with exclusive opposing left turn lanes at the Spring and Silver intersection
  • A modified 3-lane section with two west bound travel lanes on the east leg of Spring Street (from Beharrell Avenue to Silver Street)
  • A two-lane section with buffered bike lanes, parking lanes, and exclusive left turn lanes at key intersections on the west leg of Spring Street (from Silver Street to Vincennes Street)

“This effort will improve the safety for drivers at two hazardous road segments,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “We will take this opportunity to improve safety for pedestrians and bikers as well.”

Construction on the intersection at Silver Street is scheduled to begin this Spring.

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