Public Hearing Announced for the Fullerton Pike Corridor – December 11, 2014

Monroe County will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, December 11, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Monroe County Courthouse, Nat U Hill Meeting Room for the proposed Fullerton Pike Corridor project. An open house session will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., with the formal presentation beginning at 6:45 p.m. The purpose of the public hearing is to offer the public an opportunity to view and comment on the environmental document and preliminary design plans for the proposed project.

The full legal notice of the public hearing, along with the project description, can be found here: DES 0801059 Fullerton Pike Legal Notice of Public Hearing.

The proposed project provides a continuous two-lane corridor from Rockport Road at the west to Sare Road at the east. The following maps illustrate the corridor under consideration.

Please note that I made these maps myself just for a rough illustration of the corridor — they are not engineering drawings, and don’t presume any particular road alignment.

The full project extends from Rockport Road to Sare Road. Fullerton Pike will also be a full interchange on I-69 just to the west of the intersection with Rockport Road.

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Fullerton Pike Corridor

The next map illustrates the western part of the corridor. I just drew the corridor as a straight line — the proposed reconstruction doesn’t really go north of the existing corridor.

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Finally, this map illustrates the eastern part of the corridor, ending at Sare Road.

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According to the project description, the intersection of Fullerton Pike and Sare Road would be re-designed as either a three-leg roundabout or a signalized intersection.

One concern about this project is how the project would affect active transportation.  On the very positive side, the proposed project includes a 10′ multi-use path on the north side of the road. On the negative side, the proposed corridor cuts through new terrain from just east of Rockport Road to Gordon pike, and would cross the Clear Creek Trail, a very popular recreational trail. The map below shows where the proposed corridor (in blue) intersects with the Clear Creek Trail (in red). The current proposed design includes a bridge over the crossing, however, which would mitigate the negative impact, and not increase the number of at-grade crossings of the trail.

Fullerton Pike and the Clear Creek Trail
Fullerton Pike and the Clear Creek Trail

There are also concerns from neighborhoods and residents who live along the Fullerton Pike corridor that putting more and potentially higher-speed traffic through this mostly residential corridor would harm their quality of life and make it more dangerous for children. Hopefully these residents will attend the public hearing, learn about the details of the project if they aren’t already aware, and make their concerns known.

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