County Admits Traffic Posts Aren’t Doing Their Job (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - They're an eye sore and are no longer doing their job. And Allen County officials agree the yellow posts, dividing lanes of traffic, on area roads are simply not made for the environment in Northeast Indiana.

An example is at the intersection of Hillegas Road and Butler road where the plastic posts are falling a part. The Tuff Blocks are designed to create a divider between traffic lanes. At the intersection of Hillegas and Butler they are placed to allow left turns from Hillegas onto Butler but to block left turns in and out of the new Marathon gas station from Hillegas.

The Allen County Highway Department saw this as a cheaper and more efficient way to allow access to this new business while complying with safety requirements.

The other options were to not allow two entrances to the new business or to reconfigure the entire intersection. And that second option would have come with a hefty price tag.

"We would have had to buy an additional right of way there on the northwest corner of the intersection in order to accomplish, in order to build an island and accommodate the left turn necessary to accommodate this new business," said Bill Hartman, Director, Allen County Highway Department.

Hartman says he knows people are hitting the posts with their vehicles. He also says the primary problem is that the material isn't durable enough for the weather in Northeast Indiana.

"Right now we're looking at a new compound in the plastic material. They'll be more flexible so that they'll hold up longer, won't be as brittle and they'll stand up hopefully to the snow plows, and that kind of thing won't break them off, as it has been presently," said Hartman.

Hartman says they hope to have the replacement poles in place by late spring or sometime this summer.

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