Safety improvements slated for crosswalk in front of jail

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers has been complaining loudly recently about safety concerns relating to the crosswalk in front of the jail. Those long-awaited improvements are on the way.

On Thursday, Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop’s office confirmed that the Indiana Department of Transportation has an active project to install a pedestrian signal at the crosswalk. City officials say that INDOT plans to install an overhead HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK) signal, similar to the signals on Lindsey Street at Fifth Street and on Washington Street at 17th Street.

The project is scheduled for bid letting on July 10th. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.