A solution has been reached for a stretch of highway that has seen multiple drownings due to flooding.
During a recently held meeting, Pike and Daviess County officials along with INDOT decided that permanent gates will be used to keep folks from driving through high water along State Road 257 near the Pike and Daviess County lines.
INDOT currently puts up large reflective barricades to keep people from driving through flooded areas. However, people are able to drive through them due to them being staggered.
District 63 State Representative Mark Messmer was one of the officials at the meeting. He says something has to be done not only to protect citizens, but emergency personnel as well:
Messmer says the gates will likely be put up in a matter of weeks.
Here in Dubois County, gates are currently utilized in the Patoka River bottoms along Old Huntingburg Road to keep people out of that area when it is flooded. INDOT chief of staff Troy Woodruff says the agency will be looking into the design and costs of gating the area.
There have been at least 4 drownings along State Road 257 just south of the Capehart Bridge due to folks trying to navigate the road when it is flooded. The most recent of these was 31-year-old Cathryn McGill of Des Plaines, Illinois. McGill was swept away when the truck that she and her husband Adam were in got taken by flood waters back in December. Adam was rescued and Cathryn’s body was found near the mouth of a creek feeding into the White River back on March 14th.