By Ann Marie Shambaugh
A new $106,341 stoplight is expected to go live at about 2 p.m. March 13 at the intersection of Oak Street and Kissel Road.
Many Zionsville residents had asked the town to take a look at the intersection following numerous traffic accidents in the area, including one that led to a fatality on Dec. 30, 2015.
Norb Stransky lives on the southeast corner of the intersection and has witnessed several wrecks over the years.
“The addition (of a light) should improve the flow of traffic and provide for a safer intersection,” he said, adding that it will be hard to know how much of a difference it will make until its operational.
Zionsville resident Nicole Adams, who was in an accident near the intersection in June 2015 that broke her back, launched a Facebook page called Residents for a Safer 334/Oak Street after the 2015 fatality wreck. Her feelings about the new light are mixed.
She said she is glad the town has taken steps to address the problem, but she believes it should have worked toward installing a roundabout instead, which is the long-term plan for the intersection. The $1.6 million project is not yet funded.
“The traffic light will certainly help the wait time of those traveling on (Kissel), but I am doubtful that it will decrease the amount of rear-end collisions that happen at the intersection,” Adams said. “In fact, I am concerned that the light may increase the number of these type of accidents. In my eyes, if you are going to do something, do it right the first time and you will save money in the long run.”
Reporter Heather Lusk contributed to this article.