The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced plans to move forward with a $2.4 million intersection improvement project at the Salem Bypass and S.R. 60 in Washington County.
The existing two-way stop intersection will be converted to a single-lane roundabout, which aims to enhance safety by reducing the number and severity of crashes at this location.
The proposed project includes replacing the pavement to full depth (as needed), building new approach legs leading into the roundabout.
The contract is currently scheduled to let to contractors this fall, with construction expected to begin in 2021 and last one construction season.
Existing guardrails along the south side of the intersection and a portion of the existing guardrail along the north side of S.R. 60 to the east of Salem Bypass will be removed and not replaced.
New guardrail end treatments will be installed. The project proposal also includes intersection lighting.
Closures will be necessary on the Salem Bypass and S.R. 60 next year while work is in progress.
Access will be maintained to all businesses and residences along those routes.
The project was proposed earlier this year at a public hearing held at Salem City Hall where local residents and officials were invited to view plans and documents associated with the project, in addition to sharing comments during an official comment session.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, roundabout intersections have proven to reduce fatal and injury crashes by 82 percent and eliminate vehicle conflict points within a stop-controlled intersection by 75 percent — from 32 conflict points to eight.
Roundabouts also encourage slower vehicle speeds and allow more efficient traffic flow.
INDOT responses to questions and concerns brought up at the public meeting – SR 60 Salem Bypass Public Comments Responses