J-turn proposed for Allen County intersection

J-turn proposed for the intersection of U.S. 30 and State Road 101.

Northeast Indiana could soon be getting its first J-turn traffic safety intersection.

The J-turn is a part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Roads Plan.  The intersection is designed to increase safety on highly traveled roadways.

The J-turn proposed for Allen County would be at the intersection of U.S. 30 and State Road 101.  If approved for this intersection, drivers would only have to focus on traffic coming from one direction when crossing instead of having to worry about traffic coming from both directions of a four-lane roadway as it currently is configured.

Three other intersections have been identified as possible locations in INDOT’s Northeast District for J-turns, but no decision has been made on them at this time.

“J-turns, like roundabouts, won’t solve every intersection concern, but when used correctly they can be a solution for safer travel,” INDOT Spokesperson Nichole Hacha-Thomas said.

There are currently two other J-turns in Indiana.  At those intersections, the number of crashes and the severity of crashes has been reduced, said Hacha-Thomas.

According to INDOT, J-turns reduce fatality by more than 70% and reduce injury by 42%. This goes hand-in-hand with INDOT’s primary goal of improving the safety and mobility of every driver, said Hacha-Thomas.

Preliminary design plans, along with the CE are avail¬able for review at the following locations:

  • Allen Co. Public Library, Monroeville Branch, 115 Main St., Monroeville, IN 46773
  • Indiana Department of Transportation Fort Wayne District at 5333 Hatfield Rd.,Fort Wayne, IN 47274

People may request a public hearing or express their concerns by submitting comments to the attention of Mary Wright, Public Hearing Examiner at INDOT, Room N642, 100 North Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204-2216 on or before Thursday, August 10, 2017.