Portage to review U.S. 20/Dombey Road intersection

2013-02-11T00:00:00Z 2013-02-11T12:28:06Z Portage to review U.S. 20/Dombey Road intersectionJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | City officials are going to take a closer look at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Dombey Road and may ask the state's transportation department to reconsider their decision to do nothing at the intersection.

Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe told the Traffic Commission last week that the mayor's office has received several requests to do something about the intersection.

Assistant Police Chief Bill Mesich said the Indiana Department of Transportation did a study of the intersection last year, but saw nothing that warranted changes.

Dombey Road ends at U.S. 20 and has been the scene of 22 accidents in the last four years, said Mesich.

"There has been some severe accidents where people don't realize Dombey ends at U.S. 20," said Mesich, adding that he travels the area every day and has noticed an increase in traffic.

Mesich said he considers the intersection dangerous. He said Dombey is a primary north/south corridor in the city and many people use the road to travel to and from the center of the city to U.S. 20.

It is particularly difficult, at times, for northbound Dombey Road traffic to turn west onto U.S. 20. Mesich added that he has also observed a high volume of traffic turning off of U.S. 20 onto Dombey Road during particular times of the day.

Monroe said there is a stop sign at the intersection and a guardrail along the north side of U.S. 20. There is also a street light at the southwest corner of the intersection.

Commission members, however, were uncertain if there were any signs on northbound Dombey Road warning of its end.

 

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