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Residents fear pulling out of northwest side neighborhood after crashes

Posted at 8:30 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 20:30:47-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Every day, Danielle Wilson is reminded of the time she was involved in a crash while trying to leave her neighborhood.

Wilson, who lives in a subdivision off West 86th Street, was driving her daughter to daycare in 2018 when she crashed while pulling out of her neighborhood. She said traffic is heavy most times of the day and often gets backed up during morning rush hour, which makes pulling out into the road difficult.

"It was just really scary, and for a while, I didn't even want to pull out of the neighborhood. It was like, what if that happens again," Wilson said. "People get agitated. You just have to sit there and wait. People on 86th Street don't care. They are just trying to get where they are going. We are just trying to get where we are going."

A spokesperson for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works said one of the most challenging aspects of getting into and out of the neighborhood is there is only one entrance.

"I know people dart out because they have been sitting there for a while, and they just take the chance they can get," Wilson said.

After a crash on Feb. 15, neighbors started a conversation on the NextDoor app and asked what could be done to make the area safer.

A DPW spokesman said a traffic signal is not warranted because one of the standards for a signal is to facilitate traffic at all times and not just the morning or evening rush hour.

"I would definitely say slow down around the entrance to our neighborhood," Wilson said. "There are people trying to get out. There are people trying to come in. Just be aware."

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