Since part of a bypass opened in December 2013 on the west side of North Vernon, 27 wrecks have occurred at the intersection of U.S. 50, Base Road and State Road 750.

Nearly half involved injuries. One resulted in a fatality.

Traffic turning right to continue east on U.S. 50 toward North Vernon or going westbound coming off of State Road 750 does not have to stop at the intersection. But motorists coming off of Base Road, turning left to continue west on U.S. 50 toward Seymour or turning right onto State Road 750 have to stop.

In an effort to improve overall traffic operation and make that intersection safer, the Indiana Department of Transportation has proposed changing it to a single-lane roundabout.

A roundabout also is being proposed at the other end of the bypass, where an extension of State Road 750 currently is being constructed to take drivers to U.S. 50 on the east end of North Vernon.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7080.