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Changes possible for project

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A letter drafted by members of Brazil Main Street, Inc., appears to have been noticed.

During the organization's monthly meeting Thursday, committee member Stacy Gibbens informed the group of a possible change in the upcoming United States 40 project, to be conducted by the state in the future.

Gibbens showed the group a letter drafted by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The letter was sent to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and indicated an interest in changing some of the plans for the project.

Earlier this year, Brazil Main Street sent a letter to Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw expressing concerns regarding a handful of items.

The purpose of the letter was to express worry about how downtown businesses would be affected by the project, which is not scheduled to begin until 2014.

The drafted letter proposed the city look into alternate traffic patterns among other items. In addition, the committee expressed concern about a proposed 24-inch grass strip in the blueprints for the project. The strip has been designed in the new downtown sidewalks.

In the letter, the committee asked who would maintain the strip. In addition, the group suggested the city look into the possibility of maintaining brick pavers underneath the asphalt surface of U.S. 40.

The letter specifically pointed to the city of Marshall, Ill., which recently upgraded its city sidewalks including pavers.

On Thursday, Gibbens showed committee members the letter from INDOT to DNR which implied the change from the grass strip to the brick pavers.

According to Gibbens, in order for this type of change to take place, INDOT would have to consult with DNR.

She added it appeared the change could take place. According to the letter, the new feature -- replacing the grass strip with a brick buffer strip -- is a "minor element that should not introduce additional adverse effects."

"I think this is going to be it," Gibbens said, adding approval was still needed from DNR. "We don't want to try to maintain (the grass strips)."

Gibbens added the idea of changing the grass strips to brick has been pushed by the city engineer among others.

"This is great news for the downtown area," Brazil Main Street President Zach Chambers said.

Because of this, Chambers informed the committee he had drafted a new letter thanking the state for listening to the organization's concerns.

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Can someone tell me what exactly is the United States 40 Project? Are they just repaving? Widening? what?

-- Posted by Claycountian on Sun, Aug 8, 2010, at 10:16 PM

If the project "ever" gets done, it will be an entire removal of the existing road, all the way down to the dirt. Replacement of sidewalks, drainage, road surface, everything. It will be a horrible mess while being done, and a terrible inconvenience to local business, but when completed it will be a blessing for the looks of downtown Brazil. Don't know if any of us older folks will be around to see it though. It seems as if the current administration is working very well with the State to get this project done. There is alot the State expects for the city to do before the project would be funded, and the city is working to get those things done. Good luck to the city, let's all hope this happens soon.

-- Posted by open minded on Mon, Aug 9, 2010, at 5:35 PM

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