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One INDOT project set for 2009

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The condition of roads is a continuous concern throughout the state and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has set up its plans for Clay County in 2009.

"As of right now, there is only one project set for Clay County," INDOT Public Information Director, Crawfordsville District, Debbie Calder told The Brazil Times. "There had been a couple of other projects scheduled, but they have been completed early and one was removed."

The lone project INDOT has planned is a pavement replacement along State Road 59, which will span from its inter section with State Road 157 to 0.3 miles north of the northern junction with State Road 246.

According to the INDOT web site, the project is part of Gov. Mitch Daniels' Major Moves highway plan.

Calder said the project has a leading date of April 8, 2009, in which it will become open to bids. She added as long as the contract is sold, construction should begin sometime in May 2009.

"I'm not quite sure how long the project would take to complete," Calder said. "However, I anticipate our timetable for the leading to be on schedule."

One project not on schedule that remains on INDOT's back burner is the proposed United States 40 project.

Calder said the approximate leading date has been pushed back again to Oct. 13, 2011, with construction anticipated to begin sometime in 2012.

She added part of the reason for the delay was an issue with the proposed retention pond, which she was unclear of the exact reason.

City Engineer Brian Pohlar recently spoke with The Brazil Times and explained the city is having a difficult time finding ways to fund the pond project.

"We are still looking for various options so we can move forward with the project," Pohlar said. "That has become the biggest hindrance in getting the project off the ground."

In the meantime, Calder said INDOT is attempting to acquire right-of-ways along US 40 in order for the project to move smoothly once it begins.

"The right-of-ways have to be purchased ahead of time so things can get started as soon as the contract for the project is awarded," she said. "We know the US 40 project is a long way off, but we try to be as prepared as we can."

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