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Work’s welcome on Corydon-New Middletown Road

Some years ago, when commissioners J. Frederick Royse and Terry Miller found enough money in their combined highway budgets to resurface the Corydon-New Middletown Road ‘ not an easy feat in those pre-riverboat revenue days ‘ many, many regular users praised the Lord for a smoother trip on that once pothole pocked road.
But some drivers, aggravated that they had to slow down or even stop while the work was underway, were just plain rude. At the worst, one driver reportedly spit at a flag man. There were numerous gestures of the middle finger kind.
Anyway, that road may soon get some majorly needed work. If the council agrees to the spending (so far about $1 million is needed), then there are curves to be straightened and humps and hills to be flattened.
And first, we’d like to point out that the construction guys and girls, whether they are holding a flag, a detour sign or spreading blacktop, are only doing their job. It’s probably going to be August-hot and humid before any work gets underway, so please remember, these folks are working for you. You may not think they are working fast enough, but it’s easy to second-guess those highway workers from the front seat of an air-conditioned Chevy. And a piece of your mind is not likely to help, either.
We certainly don’t mean to be preachy, and we hope it doesn’t sound that way. It’s just that some of our newspeople travel that road frequently, and over time, have seen just about everything there: passing on curves, driving left of center on hills, refusing to dim lights at night which can blind the other driver, and, of course, speeding at dangerously high rates, like 65 mph or much more. Drivers think nothing of traveling 55 mph because that’s the speed if none other is posted, and none is. Drivers forget that if their speed is too great for road or weather conditions, whether it’s 55 mph or not, then it’s reckless driving. And that is a misdemeanor which can mean jail time. It doesn’t usually, but it could.
When the work is finished, we hope speed limit signs are part of the project. Even if there’s not a police officer to stop speeders, most will obey the limit because it’s the law and obviously the safe speed to travel. The same would apply to most other county roads as well.
Detours will be required for traffic on the heavily traveled Corydon-New Middletown Road, which will likely irk some drivers, but there are a couple of ways to get to the other side of the road that don’t sound too bad. None has been identified yet by the commissioners, but a couple that come to mind are Pfrimmer’s Chapel Road to S.R. 62, or Lake Road or Fogel Road to S.R. 337 or S.R. 135. The point is that drivers will be sent out of their way by necessity. This work will not be done for any other reason than to improve travel for the motoring public. Drivers should be able to see farther ahead and perhaps avoid collisions; removing some curves should also help.
Anyway, here’s the most important bit of advice: SLOW DOWN. Simply put, speed kills, and just because the road may be shiny and new doesn’t mean it’s a race track. Speed kills even on straight-a-ways because it’s easier to go faster, so if that’s the case, the need to slow down on our country, county lanes is even more obvious.
The improvements to Corydon-New Middletown Road has the backing of many from in or near Elizabeth, where the road leads from Corydon. During an economic development meeting in that town a few years ago, one of the main things mentioned was that residents needed better access to Corydon, the county seat. Hopefully the council won’t have a problem approving the funding for this project.
Harrison County Engineer Darin Duncan had a warning when talk of these improvements and others first arose. County roads are not going to be an interstate, he said, but will be safer and easier motoring for those who don’t speed. Let’s keep it that way.