Yesterday afternoon Mingo-based organic fruit and vegetable farmer Larry Cleverley met with Department of Transportation officials with over six thousand signatures urging the DOT to find alternatives to a highway project that threatens Cleverley’s farm. Monday marked the end of the DOT’s public comment period on its two proposals to make two Jasper county interchanges near Cleverley’s farm safer. Cleverley agrees something should be done about the unsafe intersections but sees absurdity in losing his house and land for the project.
The Department of Transportation says its two proposals are the products of public meetings in 2009, 2012, and 2013, and says installing a stoplight is dependent on eight nationally-set criteria. In this case, the DOT says neither of the two intersections meets any of those eight warrants.