On Tuesday, INDOT Department Crawfordsville District Deputy Commissioner Alan Plunkett met with members of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce to discuss the project. Initial planning for the project began in 1996.
According to Plunkett, while the project has not been canceled, it has been "moved out."
"I have many projects in my district and one of the most important ones is this one," Plunkett said. "We are progressing very well. But the bigger (projects) are, the more complicated they are."
Due to financial constraints, having to run on an annual budget and the proposed $30 million project, Plunkett said it has been pushed back to 2013.
"It is a game," Plunkett said, referring to moving projects from one spot to another.
He said the design for the project is close to being finalized and at least one more public meeting will take place, but no time or date has been set.
"This is a real nice project," he said. "The design is about 80 percent done."
According to Plunkett, the current design has not changed much since the last public hearing for the project, which took place in April 2008. Construction on the project will take place between State Road 340 and County Road 100 E (Knightsville Road).
Several projects plans include the replacements of curbs, traffic signals, ramps, gutters, pavement, turn lanes, crosswalks and more.
"I think it will bring back the spirit in the community," Plunkett said.
He told the crowd Tuesday one major part of the project would be to help fix drainage along the road.
"We're hoping to fix those issues," Plunkett said.
Several residents and business owners at the meeting expressed concern regarding ongoing parking while the project was commencing.
"Parking will still be there, but it may be restricted," Plunkett said. "We've got to keep the traffic flow going."
In addition, he said the scope of the project adds up to at least two years of construction.
"I'd rather go a little slow and get it right," Plunkett said. "I know a lot of you have been waiting a long time for this. I see light at the end of the tunnel."