INDOT plans U.S. 36/ State Road 9 meeting

  • PENDLETON — Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plans a public information meeting for what it calls the U.S. 36/State Road 9 corridor in Pendleton for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7.

“This project aims to reduce travel delay, improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility and connectivity and improve safety by reducing conflict points,” an INDOT press release states.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Pendleton Heights High School cafeteria, 1 Arabian Drive, Pendleton.

The presentation is from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. followed by an open house.

According to INDOT, its project team will present its findings in depth, answer one-on-one questions and receive feedback from the public.

There will be project displays, and people will be able to talk to project representatives before and after the presentation.

”The project team is seeking public feedback on the initial design and concept for the future of the U.S. 36 and State Road 9 corridor so they can further refine their plans to best balance all interests,” according to the press release.

As proposed, the project involves the addition of vehicle lanes to U.S. 36 (also known as State Road 67), from Madison Avenue to the bridge over Fall Creek, as well as turn lanes at the intersection of U.S. 36 and State Road 38 and the intersection of U.S. 36 and State Road 9.

Also proposed as part of the project are:

• Sidewalk and shared-use path with amenities such as lighting and benches, along U.S. 36, State Street, State Road 38, and Hayden Way.

•Access management using raised medians along U.S. 36, State Street and State Road 38.

INDOT said it will present a preliminary Maintenance of Traffic plan during the meeting.

“Access to all properties will be maintained during construction,” the release states. “INDOT will coordinate with emergency services, local school corporation officials and project stakeholders to ensure potential disruptions and impacts are minimized as much as possible.

“The project will require approximately 5.1 acres of permanent new right-of-way, in addition to some temporary right-of-way needed during construction.

Public comments will be taken during the meeting.

“All written statements submitted prior to, during, and for a period of 30 days following the meeting date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation,” the release states.

Written comments may be submitted to [email protected].

People with disabilities or representing an American with Dissabilities Act and/or Limited English Proficiency population are encouraged to contact Scott Sandstrom at 317-829-9644 or [email protected], in advance to coordinate services such as participation during the meeting, language, visual and audio interpretation services.