Road Safety

Information and City Liaison: Suzanne Nutt

 

Historic Sargent Road and its accesses and neighboring streets are known regionally for their picturesque natural beauty and are enjoyed by residents, visitors, and commuters alike.

 

Preserving this character, maintaining the roads, and encouraging respect for our safety oriented ordinances requires constant monitoring and attention to issues that inevitably arise.  This is the most work and resource intensive function of your SRA!

 

 

Current Issues:

 

Sponsored Traffic Officer Patrols (S.T.O.P.)*.  After a successful trial in 2017, the SRA membership voted at our April meeting in favor of contracting a private traffic patrol for Sargent Road.  Many safety issues are addressed by the service (which includes policing powers: ticketing, etc) and is intended to encourage respect for posted traffic rules including STOP signs and 30 MPH SPEED LIMIT.  Please see at the bottom of this page how you can support this program.

 

Sargent Road Traffic Signs: The SRA is in process of purchasing signs indicating "Area Patrolled" to support our S.T.O.P. program.  Look for them to show up this fall.

 

82nd St improvement:  In addition to adding travel lanes in both directions, this important project is providing drainage infrastructure improvements and sidewalks with ADA-compliant accesses!   The one way traffic restriction (west only Fall Creek to Lantern Road) lasted from Monday, May 21st thru Tuesday, August 14th.  Another closure will be necessary in spring of 2019.  Note that updates are being posted on Nextdoor.com by our Mayor's Neighborhood Advocate, Mo McReynolds, and more information can be found at Indy.gov/DPW.

 

Sargent Road roadside brush: Thank You to Michael McQuillen for forwarding SRA's request for attention to this issue and to DPW's Steve Hardiman for sending a crew to do the much needed cut back of the brush along Sargent Road!

 

Potholes: Continue to affect drivers.  SRA appreciates the recent patches provided by the city (many of which had to be re-done after late season freezing weather).

 

 

History of success:

 

During recent years, the Sargent Road neighborhood community has successfully lobbied for and, with proactive support from City-County Counselor, Indianapolis Department of Public Works and cooperation from the "Rebuild Indy" campaign, seen numerous roadway infrastructure improvements.  Sargent Road was finally repaved for the first time in over 25 years, along with centerline embedded reflectors, drainage improvements, new signage, and improved driving visibility.  All this makes Sargent Road and the Mud Creek Valley safer and better.

 

 

What you can do:

 

Local property owners can help (and it is each of our responsibility) to clear the remaining debris along the roadside, such as deadwood, limbs, or branches that extend even slightly into the street which could possibly scratch passing vehicles.  Please be vigilant about keeping foliage low and/or clear of the roadway for safety and better visibility for motorists.

 

 

*The local government does not have funds for this type of patrolling.  The SRA's general membership dues help fund this program and members approved a doubling of the budget for these patrols for this year (2018).  However, additional money is needed and 100% of directed donations are applied to this program.  Help fund the S.T.O.P. program by sponsoring here:

 

Hours of Sponsored Traffic Officer Patrols

*Donations to SRA are NOT tax deductible.