Jeffersonville mayor looks to improve Hwy. 62 traffic


by WHAS11

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 11 at 7:45 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Booming development along Highway 62 in Jeffersonville is creating major traffic and safety concerns.

Now the mayor of Jeffersonville is calling on the state to step up plans to improve the road sooner rather than later.

"This needs attention really quick," Allen Combs said.

Combs sees traffic gridlock and speeding every day from the Circle K store he manages.

"This is a disaster out here," Combs said.

His concerns are shared by others.

"I come through here every day and it’s always backed up through this light," Chris Black, Jeffersonville resident, said.

“I walk myself and sometimes I have to get off the street cause of all the cars going both ways," Virgil Stockdale, Jeffersonville resident, said.

The concerns and calls for action have only increased over the last year and that's why Mayor Mike Moore is calling on the state to speed up improvements here on the state road.

"This is for the everyday commuter. For the moms and dads taking their kids to school or running them to basketball practice. It's a pain in the butt right now," Moore said.

The priorities are getting the speed limit dropped from 55 to 45 mph, updating the intersection at Utica Sellersburg Road and adding more turn lanes.

"This is where a lot of tax dollars are going to be generated especially in the coming years. This is where tax dollars are being generated now. We need to make sure the thoroughfare to get to River Ridge is accessible to all the cars and trucks that get out that way," Moore said.

Moore is working with Indiana legislators and the state is currently conducting a traffic study to see what specific changes need to be made.

Combs says just something needs to be done, soon.

“You have major subdivisions here, a lot of residential. It has the potential for a disaster," Combs said.

It's unclear what the total cost of the project will be. The city and River Ridge officials said they're both willing to kick in money to help speed things up.