Residents from Spencer and surrouding counties got their chance to chime in on needed improvements for an area intersection.
Last night, the Indiana Department of Transportation hosted a public hearing at Heritage Hills High School for the south junction of US 231 and State Road 62 near Dale. The intersection has been the site of several fatal accidents, including an accident that took the life of 60-year-old Susan Grundhoefer of Dale just over 3 weeks ago. Grundhoefer had been going westbound on State Road 62 and tried to cross the southbound lanes of US 231. She failed to yield the right of way to a southbound SUV and her vehicle was hit in the right side door.The impact caused Grundhoefer’s vehicle to roll over and it came to rest on its roof. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Several people spoke last night, including members of Susan Grundhoefer’s family. Grundhoefer’s son, Seth, was among those who took the floor to speak. He says this accident has brought the community together to find a permanent solution:
During his speech, Grundhoefer criticized changes that were made to the intersection over the last few years. He stated the changes simply have not been enough:
In the end, Grundhoefer says everyone needs to continue pushing for change in order for it to happen.
Meanwhile, INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says all options are on the table for the intersection:
Others on hand last night included North Spencer school officials, law enforcement, and other INDOT staff.