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State awards $4.2M for connector road

February 05, 2014 | 10:36 AM

Harrison County learned yesterday (Tuesday) it was awarded $4.2 million of transportation funds from the Indiana Dept. of Transportation for phase 2 of the Lanesville Connector Road project, according to the Harrison County Highway Dept.

"This is a great project for economic development at the Lanesville interchange and for Harrison County," Kevin Russel, county engineer, said. "Many people have put tremendous time and effort into furthering this project."

This funding, combined with a local match already approved by the county, will pay for the construction of the next section of the connector road between the Lanesville interchange area and S.R. 64 near west of Georgetown. The phase will build the road from George's Hill Road to Old Lanesville Road. Construction should begin in 2017. The total estimated cost is $8.7 million.

"This project, along with phase 1 of the Lanesville connector road project, the Areva pharmaceutical development and the ongoing sewer project constitute a concerted effort to generate economic development, expand the tax base and bring good jobs to the people of Harrison County," he said.

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    February 12, 2014 | 02:02 PM

    What a disappointment from the State of Indiana Department of Transportation. If they were to really look at this project, they would note that the Lanesville interchange will not help congestion that happens every morning at Interstate 64 at Georgetown. Every person that uses the Hwy 150 entrance ramp onto 64 should be disappointed by the decision to spend this much money in Lanesville versus correcting the problem that occurs every morning at the Hwy 150 entrance to Interstate 64. All you have to do is drive a couple of days between 6:45 to 8:15 and see the true problem. The IDOT has already fixed Georgetown's problem with overhauling the ramps. Now they need to figure out once a person is on the interstate how to eliminate the problem at Hwy 150 where the bottle neck occurs.

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