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TERRE HAUTE — Better signage needed on Ohio

Recently I observed an accident at the intersection of Fifth and Ohio Streets, the cause of which appeared to be a vehicle attempting to turn west onto Ohio Street, a one-way street gong east.

For a number of years while employed by a nearby law firm, I observed many near collisions at the corner of Seventh and Ohio Streets as drivers attempted to turn westbound. A few hapless drivers were able to proceed at least a hundred feet or so to the west before encountering eastbound traffic and the honking, yelling and gesturing which snared their attention.

The majority of times this occurred with out-of-town drivers, but not always; anyone can become distracted or disoriented while driving and lose their sense of direction. The cause of the incidents appears to be the lack of one-way signage indicating eastbound only traffic on Ohio Street.

That is not to say there is not a one-way sign in place, but it is on the east side of Seventh Street and easily viewed by drivers who are already prepared to turn east; not easily visible for those attempting to turn west.

I called the street department several times a few years ago, but gave up doing so when no action was taken. Considering the fact that Terre Haute is home to three major colleges/universities, itself leading to the presence of out-of-town/state drivers, especially when parents attend functions in Terre Haute and are unfamiliar with the placement of one-way streets, and the fact that Terre Haute has attractions such as the race track, Special Olympics and other events which draw nonresidents, I would think we would strive to make this a driver-friendly city enhancing the visitors’ experiences.

This is my final attempt to encourage the Street Department to take action and help unwary drivers avoid accidents, injuries and even death.

— Judith Buckingham

Terre Haute

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