PENDLETON, Ind. — The Pendleton Town Council is re-evaluating plans to put stoplights on Heritage Way and Enterprise Drive in the wake of new lights installed by the Indiana Department of Transportation on the Interstate 69 and Indiana 38 ramps.
Town Council President Don Henderson said they had plans in the works for stoplights on Heritage and Enterprise to expedite the stream of traffic into the town. Those plans were brought to a halt with INDOT decided to put lights on the ramps.
"Our effort to put lights up was started and done without knowledge of INDOT's plans," Henderson said. "Their new lighting has changed the circumstances."
At the council's Nov. 7 meeting, the council approved a Council of Governments study, which will be conducted this month.
The study will look at how traffic patterns are affected by the new ramp lights and make a recommendation to the council about whether more stoplights are necessary and how many the town might need.
"Do we put two lights there, do we make it three? That's what the study will tell us," Henderson said.
He said they originally were planning to put light on Enterprise Drive because of the danger for collisions on that road. The road intersects with Indiana 38 and is home to the Pendleton business park, Ricker's gas station, McDonald's and other businesses. Currently there is only a stop sign where Indiana 38 meets Enterprise.
"Enterprise Drive has been a high accident area for us," he said, "which is why we wanted to change it."
Heritage Way also connects to Indiana 38 via a stop sign but holds fewer businesses than Enterprise.
He believes the INDOT lights by the highway are there to help with high traffic, not necessarily curb accidents.
Pendleton residents haven't been happy with the changes. Henderson said they have received a lot of calls from people upset about the wait the new lights are creating.
The lights are having a big impact on the traffic patterns, causing Pendleton to ask for a survey before making any more moves regarding new lights.
"The study will be done before the month is up," Henderson said. "So we should know by the next board meeting what the plan is."
Despite the setback because of the INDOT lights, Henderson remains sure something will be done in order to keep residents as safe as possible.
"We are going to get this addressed," he said. "Safety is our priority."
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When the decision will be made Pendleton Town Council President Don Henderson said a decision could be made at the council's December meeting regarding new stoplights on Enterprise Drive and Heritage Way. If you go: Where: Pendleton Town Hall When: Dec. 5, 2013, at 7 p.m.