New stop sign needed due to downtown Hobart crossing closure
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent April 21, 2013 10:44PM
HOBART — The intersection of East 5th and Center streets will become a four-way stop for as long as work continues on the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing at 3rd and Main streets.
The Board of Public Works Wednesday approved a request by Police Chief Rick Zormier to install additional stop signs at the intersection on a temporary basis.
Zormier said there has been increased traffic congestion and accidents at the intersection since work began on the crossing April 1.
The work is causing the closure of the crossing for about 45 days. The intersection is on the detour route for passenger vehicles.
“I strongly concur with the chief’s assessment,” Mayor Brian Snedecor said. He said the four-way intersection would alleviate potential accidents.
Councilman Matt Claussen, D, at-large, said there was a pretty bad accident at the site earlier that day.
The railroad is replacing an existing sanitary sewer pipe and the grade crossing.
In other Board of Works action, Lori Gallagher received a peddler’s permit to operate Hoosier Doggie at Pennsy Park and the board signed mylars for South Shore Audi, which will build a new dealership at 4000 E. 81st Ave.