Pressel's bill addressing road safety heads to governor

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Monday, April 24, 2017 8:26 am

STATEHOUSE (April 24, 2017) – State Rep. Jim Pressel’s (R-Rolling Prairie) proposal increasing safety on our roads by establishing a defined process for approving and installing traffic signals could soon be law.

“For years, people were pushing for improvements on U.S. 20,” Pressel said. “While a much-needed project is now moving forward on this dangerous road, it became clear during the process that there wasn’t a clear set of guidelines our community could follow to get the work started. By tasking INDOT with establishing guidelines, we are increasing transparency for when determinations are made for installing traffic signals while providing protocols so that important, life-saving projects more forward in a more-efficient manner.”

House Enrolled Act 1422 tasks the Indiana Department of Transportation with establishing protocols for approving installations of traffic control signals.

Pressel said HEA 1422 also gives INDOT the ability to transfer property initially secured for environmental mitigation to nonprofit organizations.

According to Pressel, these properties are often prairies, woodlands and wetlands. While they cannot be marketed for development, nonprofits could use the properties for recreational, educational and environmental stewardship.

“These type of properties require upkeep and can be a significant expense to taxpayers,” Pressel said. “Local nonprofits that are committed to managing the land for recreational, environmental stewardship or educational use can take the responsibility off of INDOT’s hands and the burden off taxpayers. This gives back the property for local use.”

House Enrolled Act 1422 now heads to the governor for further consideration as a new law.

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State Rep. Jim Pressel represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.

A high-resolution photo of Pressel can be downloaded by clicking here.