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Construction planned for Benton Township bridge on U.S. 33

The Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing June 4 to collect public input about a bridge construction project in Benton Township.
Posted on May. 24, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May. 24, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

GOSHEN — A 60-year-old bridge on U.S. 33 over the Elkhart River will be widened and have its deck replaced, but before construction begins, the Indiana Department of Transportation wants to collect feedback from the public.

A public hearing for the project to gather comments on preliminary design plans for the bridge will be held 5:30 p.m. June 4 at the Benton Fire Station, 68073 U.S. 33 in Goshen. Input from the public will be accepted until June 19.

The bridge is approximately a mile south of Fairfield High School in Benton Township. The construction project would include replacing the deck and widening the existing six-span concrete arch bridge built in 1953 and reconstructed in 1984.

The bridge is 201 feet long and 30 feet wide. The project’s construction will require roughly 0.02 acres of new permanent right of way. No residents or businesses will be displaced as a result of the project.

The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, according to INDOT. The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take the impact of construction projects on historic structures under consideration. The Federal Highway Administration has issued an “adverse effect” finding for this project. The department’s findings along with the environmental documentation and preliminary design plans are available at three locations:

Ÿ Goshen Public Library, 601 S. Fifth St. in Goshen. The phone number is 533-9531.

Ÿ Indiana Government Center North, Hearings Examiner, room N642, 100 N. Senate Ave. in Indianapolis. The phone number is (317) 234-0796.

Ÿ Indiana Department of Transportation Fort Wayne District office, Planning and Programming Department, 5333 Hatfield Road in Fort Wayne. The phone number is (866) 227-3555.

People with disabilities or limited English speaking abilities who may need assistance at the hearing should call INDOT’s public hearings office at (317) 232-6601 by Wednesday, May 29.

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