Traffic signal now operational at U.S. 52 and State Road 47 in Boone County

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THORNTOWN, Ind. (August 21, 2015) -- The traffic light is now working at U.S. 52 and State Road 47 after INDOT crews finished their work Friday morning.

Traffic was brought to a halt along U.S. 52  while crews performed the work, and traffic remained slow after installation was complete.

Crews with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) are hanging the light at the intersection of U.S. 52 and State Road 47 to improve safety after a fatal crash earlier this week. They worked through the Thursday afternoon rush hour doing some of the wiring work on the polls and the signal box. Then came the wiring directly above the intersection, which required brief road closures.

This is happening to better regulate the increased traffic flow since I-65 was closed because the Wildcat Creek Bridge in Tippecanoe County was deemed unsafe. U.S. 52 became one of the main detour routes, putting a volume of traffic in an area that's not used to it.

"You have people's homes, school buses, traffic that is not normally associated with interstate traffic. We have to take those people's concerns in to mind, INDOT wants that, state police wants that, Boone County wants that and the Governor's office certainly wants that," said Sergeant Jason Miller with the Indiana State Police.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen made an impassioned plea for the light. On Facebook, he expressed heartache for having to tell loved ones of a woman who died in a crash near the intersection a few days ago. Now that the work is underway to install the light, Nielsen issued a statement:

“I am pleased with the decision from INDOT officials to install a light at the intersection. Our goal has always been protecting our school children, the citizens, and the motorists, traveling through Boone County. In addition to the light installation, INDOT will be installing warning signs and rumble strips to prepare motorists of the upcoming traffic light. The decision made today was the right decision and will undoubtedly help to ensure the safety of the motoring public. This truly was a united effort involving many agencies. I would like to thank INDOT, the Indiana State Police, Governor Mike Pence, Senator Brandt Hershman, Senator Joe Donnelly, and the Thorntown Police Department. I would also like to personally thank the public for their overwhelming support.”