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Concrete Median Barriers For The Lloyd Expressway, Evansville, Indiana

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The east-west Lloyd Expressway (15.33 miles; Highway 62 & Highway 66 of Evansville, Indiana) is underdeveloped for the safety of motorists. Currently, some of the highway (5.51 miles; 35.9%) is protected by a concrete median barrier, eliminating the high probability of head-on collisions. Considering that intersections (0.31 miles) cannot be blocked by a concrete median barrier, a total of 9.82 miles of highway needs to be converted for the safety of motorists and passengers. As an alumnus of the University of Southern Indiana, I saw the immediate dangers of travel on the Lloyd Expressway. Even though speed limits range from 40-55 MPH throughout the length of the highway, motorists have been seen travelling at speeds exceeding 70 MPH during average traffic conditions. Lengths of highway without adequate concrete median barrier protection can easily allow deadly head-on collisions to occur. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, initial installation costs for concrete median barriers are high, but have a relatively low life cycle cost. (http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roadway_dept/policy_guide/road_hardware/ctrmeasures/median_barriers/median_barriers.pdf) Terrible head-on collisions have occurred on the Lloyd Expressway.  It has caused terrible heartache for families and friends.  In 2007, three teenage boys lost their lives on the west side of Evansville.  This petition was written to protect future Lloyd Expressway motorists, both for Vanderburgh County residents and visitors to the area. Hopefully, this issue will receive the much needed attention that it deserves. My goal is to help minimize all future accidents on the Lloyd Expressway. The motorists of Vanderburgh County deserve a safer commute, especially when such a simple solution is within our grasp. Thank you for your time, and please share this information with others. ~Ryan Voegerl


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