CHESTERFIELD — The Chesterfield Town Council put the brakes on an INDOT discussion to remove a traffic signal at Indiana 32 and Washington Street during a special meeting on Monday.
A districtwide study identified the signal as a candidate for removal, Indiana Department of Transportation engineer Nathan Sturdevant said.
A traffic and pedestrian count from May 2018 was below the threshold for a signal, he said.
But the council voiced concern that the count was only for one 24-hour period on a Thursday 18 months ago.
“(There are) businesses on all the corners now. I just feel like it’s a much busier intersection than what it would have been a year and half ago,” said Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Dunham.
Council member Scott Hardin was concerned about the sight lines for motorists approaching Indiana 32 on Washington.
“You are going to have to creep up ... just to see if anybody is coming,” Hardin said.
While the meeting was just a discussion of the possibility, it was clear the council felt the signal needed to stay.
“We’re not going to move forward with something that you guys wholeheartedly oppose,” Sturdevant said.
While opposed to removing the light, the council members said they would consider using curb bumpouts, if needed, to make ADA compliant curb ramps.
The ramps are required as part of the Indiana 32 project planned for the 2021 construction season.
INDOT project manager Michelle Loveall said the Washington intersection was proving difficult and increasing the width of the sidewalk would help.
The special meeting was followed by the council’s regular meeting where the wastewater contract was approved along with funds for cleaning the plant.
Also discussed were the Santa Breakfast scheduled for Dec. 14; and free Zumba, karate and use of the exercise room for the month of January at the Millcreek Civic Center. Movie nights start this Friday at the center with “Smallfoot.” The food pantry will be handing out turkeys in November and hams in December.