Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say a recently installed traffic light at an intersection in Spencer County is now up and running.

Starting today between noon and 1 pm local time, the signals installed at the intersection of State Road 66 and Orchard Park Road near South Spencer High School are now active. Signal heads were installed at the intersection this past week and new paving markings were added.

The temporary signals will serve as a short-term solution which will allow for left turning movements from eastbound S.R. 66 onto north Orchard Park Road. No new pavement was added but additional pavement markings were installed to clarify the lanes. Dedicated right turn only movements from S.R. 66 onto Orchard Road were also marked.

INDOT’s long-term solution for the intersection includes the installation of a roundabout. INDOT officials say roundabouts have proven to be safe and effective in moving traffic through sometimes heavy volume intersections. Design of the new intersection will begin soon with construction to begin in a future year.

The plans for improvement at the intersection come after 18-year-old Jacob Hamilton was killed earlier this year in an accident with a semi at the intersection. A public hearing was held at South Spencer High School earlier this summer to gather public input for the intersection.

INDOT encourages motorists to slow down and pay special attention as motorists become familiar with the new signal and traffic movements in the area. For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit www.in.gov/indot and www.trafficwise.in.gov.