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New Albany temporarily closes street commonly used as shortcut

New Albany wants some motorists to change driving habits for one month or even longer.  The city has temporarily closed part of Scribner Drive at the end of the end of the Elm Street ramp from I-64 west.  The street is often used by people on their way to Horseshoe Casino.

The city says Scribner Drive carried too much traffic as a shortcut to the casino.  It's going to try the street closure and detours for the next month.

"That traffic volume is conflicting with emergency runs and responses from the police department in particular," said Carl Malysz, New Albany's Deputy Mayor.

The police and sheriff's departments are located along Scribner Drive.  So is the New Albany public library.  Patrons must cross Scribner from the main parking lot.

The city asks drivers to continue straight on Elm Street, then turn right on State Street and turn right again on Main Street, which becomes State Road 111 to the casino.  Casino patrons and hometown drivers seemed a bit confused as they took side streets anyway.

The city hopes the state transportation department will post permanent signs pointing drivers to State Street.  It also plans a public hearing next month.

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