Category Archives: Neighborhood History

October 10th, 1980: 2 groups complain of crossing hazards

This post is part of a series that will highlight the history of the New Chauncey neighborhood and association via newspaper archives.

Two West Lafayette citizens groups have expressed concern about safety hazards at the intersections of U.S. 231 and Salisbury St.

The New Chauncey Neighborhood Association and the Morton Council of Parents have sent letters to K.L. McDaniel in the Crawfordsville District Office of the Indiana State Highway Commission.

Letters sent by the groups say approximately 15 accidents have occurred per year for the past five years at the intersections of U.S. 231 (Wiggins St. and Fowler Ave.) and Salisbury St. In addition, the letters state, “most of these accidents were right angle collisions, indicative of the difficulty that traffic on Salisbury has in crossing U.S. 231.”

The groups request that the commission give high priority to the placement of traffic signals at the intersections, to provide greater safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The New Chauncey Neighborhood Association is an organization of some 200 residents who live in the area adjoining U.S. 231 and the Morton Council of Parents is a parents organization at Morton Elementary School, where many children must cross the highway on their way to school.

Journal and Courier, October 10th, 1980 edition.