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Commissioners listen to road concerns

July 31, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

Residents living along 800 So. 1600 East, near Whitney, want Franklin County Commissioners to respond to their requests about a safety problem on their road.

Residents Jerry Rindlisbaker and Mary Roberts told the commission the road, southeast of Preston, is very narrow and steep. There is a significant hallow, limited sight distance and a culvert in the bottom that has almost washed out, the two said recently.

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Rindlisbaker said he would like to create a maze of barriers to close the road to through traffic. He told the commission this would slow traffic and help prevent accidents and other close calls.

Rindlisbaker called the road “a thrill hill to nowhere.”

Roberts, who lives at the top of the hallow, said her daughter in 2007 was hit by a car on that road. The girl who hit her daughter, according to Roberts, couldn’t have stopped in time because there was and is no sight distance at the crest of the hill.

A steep, narrow road at 800 S. 1600 E., just southeast of Preston, presents a real danger to residents, they say. Commissioners are looking at ways to improve safety for the residents who live at the top of both sides of the hallow. Some options might include gates, barricades or closing it.

A steep, narrow road at 800 S. 1600 E., just southeast of Preston, presents a real danger to residents, they say. Commissioners are looking at ways to improve safety for the residents who live at the top of both sides of the hallow. Some options might include gates, barricades or closing it.

County Commissioner Scott Workman said right now the commission has directed attorney Vic Pearson to research what the county legally can or can’t do to remedy the situation.

“There have been many close calls caused by speeding traffic. It sounds like youth use it as a place to get a thrill with no concern for others,” Commissioner Boyd Burbank told The Citizen.

“It’s hard to patrol first of all because of its location. It’s steep, narrow and has a bad sight distance for the residents on the west side of the dip. If the ‘abusers’ who use the road would show some concern for others and realize it is truly dangerous, there would be no problem.”

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