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Kusher Hill is a dangerous place for motorcyclists and we wish something could be done to lessen the number of accidents on the picturesque but steep stretch of Indiana 66.
Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Myers said it himself a few weeks ago after being called to a collision involving a husband and wife on a motorcycle. Every year he is called to a half dozen or more Kusher Hill crashes involving motorcyclists. “And that’s just me as a one deputy,” he said.
State police and conservation officers handle other accidents.
We’re not engineers and no one on our news staff owns a motorcycle so we don’t know what the solution exactly is. At the very least, signs could be added to the ones already present, specifically warning motorcyclists of the hill’s grade and the large number of accidents on it.
“Bikers get hurt every year on this hill” and “Caution: Steep grade, pitch of roadway dangerous” are a couple of possibilities. Myers said the pitch of a portion of the highway is part of the problem as it wants to push cyclists off the roadway as they try to slow for the hairpin curve at the bottom of the hill.
The Indiana Department of Transportation should be open to input from motorcyclists on what signs would garner the most attention.
We want people to explore Perry County safely and we like it when bikers travel across our county. Fall is a popular time for those tours and we hope one of the most scenic areas of the county can be made safer.
Better warning signs would seem to be an effective and inexpensive step toward a solution.
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