INDOT To Hold Public Meetings on I-69 Section 6

IMG_2375 2I haven’t seen much local publicity about this, so I thought I’d pass it on. INDOT is holding a series of 3 public meetings about I-69 Section 6 (from Martinsville to Indianapolis). Although this section doesn’t pass through Monroe County, residents of Monroe County traveling to Indianapolis certainly have a stake in the route selected. My understanding is that INDOT is planning to have a Record of Decision on the final route for Section 6 (the last section of I-69) by 2018.

INDOT is currently considering the following “preliminary alternatives”:

http://www.in.gov/indot/projects/i69/images/I69_Section6_PreliminaryAlternativesMap.pdf
Here is INDOT’s press release:

The Indiana Department of Transportation will present new details about the five preliminary routes for I-69 Section 6 from Martinsville to Indianapolis during public meetings the week of Nov. 30. The meetings will collect additional public comment to help INDOT refine the five preliminary alternatives down to a smaller number of routes.

The first meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 30 at Perry Meridian High School, 401 W. Meridian School Rd. in Indianapolis. The second meeting will occur on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at Mooresville High School, 11 N. Carlisle St. in Mooresville. The third meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3 at Martinsville High School, 1360 E. Gray St. in Martinsville.

Doors will open for all of the meetings at 6 p.m. with an open house session, followed by a formal presentation and public comment session in the high-school auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The public meetings respond to public requests for new details and additional public input following announcement of the five preliminary routes in late June.

The new details will include the potential footprint of the five preliminary routes, including proposed interchanges and local access road locations. The public meetings also will present analysis of how the preliminary routes perform on impacts to the human and natural environments, cost, and the Purpose and Need performance measures. The I-69 Section 6 project team is requesting comments for this phase of the project by Dec. 17. Those comments can be submitted using a web form at www.in.gov/indot/projects/i69/2463.htm and by contacting I-69 Section 6 directly at section6pm@indot.in.gov or 317-881-6408.

The public can also visit the I-69 Section 6 project office located at 7847 Waverly Road, Martinsville, IN 46151. The office is open MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be closed on state holidays.

With advance notice, INDOT can arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or persons requiring auxiliary aids or services such as sign language interpreters, readers and large print materials. In addition, accommodations may be made for persons with limited English speaking ability requiring language interpretation services. Should accommodation be needed in regards to the attendance and participation during the open house, and/or access to project related documents, please contact the INDOT Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601 or via e-mail rclark@indot.in.gov.

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.