Speed limit reduced to 30 mph on section of CR 1000N

Frank Denzler | Rushville RepublicanCounty Highway Superintendent Jerry Sitton (background) is pictured submitting paperwork regarding a Union Crossing Grant for the county commissioners to look over during Monday’s meeting.

As a safety measure and acting on the recommendation of county highway superintendent Jerry Sitton, the county commissioners voted Monday to reduce the speed limit on a section of CR 1000N to 30 mph.

The stretch of road in question is between CR 725W and Goose Road.

Travel on Goose Road west of the community of Carthage has been reduced to a single lane as a result of road damage and safety concerns.

During March, the county leaders approved a similar reduction is speed on Goose Road which parallels Blue River as a section of the gravel roadway disintegrated and slipped into the river. The steep embankment road currently has barricades and signage in place warning drivers of the road conditions.

Travel is limited only on the west side of the roadway. In March, a 30 mph maximum speed was posted as well as a 3-ton weight limit on the rural road.

During Monday’s meeting, Sitton advised that the road at this time does not appear to be worsening.

“It (Goose Road) is holding its own and not moving. What’s amazing is the trees are still standing tall and not falling down the embankment. That leads us to believe the problem is not so much the river eroding the hillside, but that is more of a drainage issue,” Sitton said.

He continued by adding the county is still monitoring the problem and wants to be sure of the issue prior to making any repair attempts.

Read more on this issue as information is made available in future editions of the Rushville Republican.

Contact: frank.denzler@rushvillerepublican.com or (765) 932-2222 x106.