GOSHEN — Drivers who travel on U.S. 33 in Goshen and people living east of downtown may want to listen up because big changes could be on the way.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is asking for feedback from the public about a proposed road construction project that would reroute part of U.S. 33.
The department will begin collecting comments this month about a major project that would construct a new alignment for U.S. 33 stretching one mile between Monroe Street and S.R. 15. A public meeting is scheduled for March 20 at Goshen High School’s auditorium at 401 Lincolnway East. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for an informal open house session, with a formal public hearing beginning at 6 p.m.
Beginning just north of the U.S. 33 intersection with Sander Avenue, the new alignment would separate from the existing road at Monroe Street and run north across Madison and Jefferson streets. From there, the road would turn northwest, parallel to the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. The road would curve west, following Pike Street to its intersection with S.R. 15, where it would connect with the existing location of U.S. 33.
Three overpasses are part of the project: one at Cottage Avenue, another at Lincoln Avenue and a third at a Norfolk Southern railroad spur that runs north and south along the east side of Ninth Street. The railroad crossing at Ninth Street would be closed, according to the plan.
Improvements are proposed at the U.S. 33 intersections with Main, Madison and Monroe streets as well as the corner of Fifth and Pike streets. About 2,000 feet of the road between 10th and Seventh streets would be elevated.
Short connector roads will be provided to link Clinton Street with Seventh Street and Washington Street with 10th Street.
INDOT PUBLIC MEETING DETAILS
- What: The Indiana Department of Transportation is collecting comments for a project to reroute U.S. 33 in Goshen.
- When: March 20, 5:30 p.m. for an informal open house session and 6 p.m. for a formal public hearing
- Where: Goshen High School’s auditorium at 401 Lincolnway East
A multi-use trail is proposed to to line the southwest side of the new roadway between Fifth and Madison streets. Construction of the trail would require 26 acres of right-of-way plus the displacement of 31 residential buildings and five businesses. The tentative timetables for right-of-way acquisition and construction will be covered during the public hearing.
Public statements will be collected for the record after INDOT’s presentation, and anyone interested in participating in the public statement session may sign the speaker’s schedule before the presentation.
All comments collected before, during and for two weeks after the hearing will be reviewed and addressed in the project’s final environmental document. Preliminary plans will be available for anyone interested in talking to the engineers about the project before and after the formal presentation. Those conversations will not be part of the official record.
With advance notice, INDOT can make special accommodations for people with disabilities, limited English-speaking abilities or anyone needing auxiliary aids or services of interpreters, signers, readers or large print. Spanish interpreters will be available. If special accommodations are needed, call the public hearings office at 317-232-6601 by Wednesday, March 12.
The environmental document, preliminary design plans and other materials are available for viewing at three locations:
- Indiana Government Center North, Hearing Examiner in room N642 at 100 N. Senate Ave. in Indianapolis. The phone number is 317-234-0796.
- Indiana Department of Transportation, Planning and Programming Department at 5333 Hatfield Road in Fort Wayne. The phone number is 866-227-3555.
- Goshen Public Library, 601 S. Fifth St. in Goshen. The phone number is 574-533-9531.
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