Lenburg Road guardrail project continues despite objection

2013-05-03T00:00:00Z Lenburg Road guardrail project continues despite objectionJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The city will continue with plans to install a guardrail along a curvy portion of Lenburg Road despite objections from an area resident.

Andrea Seng told the city's traffic commission Thursday morning she's lived in the area for 46 years and seen very few serious accidents around the curve in front of her home. The problem with people sliding off the roadway, she said, is that they drive too fast.

"I don't see how a guardrail is going to help," she said. Instead, she fears if a guardrail is put up and a car runs into it, the car will ricochet into her yard and cause damage.

Traffic commission members disagreed. Police Capt. Ross Haynes said he pulled accident statistics from the area. From 2010 until today, he said, there have been 50 incidents including 19 crashes and half causing personal injury along Lenburg Road between McCool Road and Ind. 149.

Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe also disagreed with Seng, saying, while speed is an issue there are other problems in the area including impaired sight lines and an increase in traffic, potentially causing more incidents.

City Engineer John Hannon suggested the city look into installing a cable barrier system instead of a tradtional guardrail, like systems seen in medians of interstates. Those systems trap cars instead of allowing them to bounce.

Seng said she like the idea of a cable barrier better.

Monroe said they will continue with installing signs warning drivers of the curve as well as installing an additional street light and pursuing the guardrail.

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