SR 37 & Strawtown Avenue Intersection Improvement
Construction of a single lane roundabout began in April 2018. The $1.6 million project will build a roundabout at SR 37 and Strawtown Avenue and begin a bridge deck overlay on S.R. 37 over the White River in Strawtown.
Crews will begin installing a temporary signal on SR 37 the week of April 2 for the 90 day restriction. The first traffic switch is scheduled for the week of April 9. The final traffic switch on SR 37 is scheduled for mid-May.
Strawtown Avenue will be closed for up to 90 days. Detour signs will direct traffic around the construction site via Madison Street, SR 37, 216th Street, Victory Chapel Road and Craig Avenue.
Strawtown Avenue and SR 37 will be fully open to traffic in fall 2018.
Purpose and Need
The need for the improvement comes from a goal to improve safety at the intersection by improving sight distance and reducing drivers’ speeds. Accident data suggest a significant number of right angle collisions due to Strawtown Avenue traffic crossing or turning onto SR 37 and although the speed limit was lowered from 55 mph to 40 mph in 2014, high speeds continue to be observed at the location.
The proposed roundabout will ensure a significant increase in safety, due to the fact that compared to traditional intersections, roundabouts cause an 82% reduction in fatalities and injuries and a 44% reduction in overall crashes.
The proposed maintenance of traffic plan for this project will allow SR 37 to remain open via the use of a temporary signal and by constructing one half of the roundabout at a time. Through movements along Strawtown Avenue will be restricted during construction. It is anticipated that each half of the project will require 45 days to construct, impacting traffic for approximately 90 days. Driveway access will be maintained to all local properties. School corporations and emergency services will be notified prior to any construction that would limit access.
For more information on roundabouts, please visit the Federal Highway Administration webpage.
- Construction Announcement (March 2018)
- Public Hearing Welcome Letter (August 2016)
- Public Hearing Presentation (August 2016)
- CE4 - Environmental