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Last phase of connector road not funded

IC Trail request also unsuccessful

July 09, 2014 | 11:39 AM

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners learned Monday morning two potential federal aid projects — the Lanesville connector road and Indian Creek Trail — were not selected to be funded.

The letter to the county said the Indiana Dept. of Transportation received many excellent applications this year and each was carefully reviewed and scored by the local district the project was in (Seymour District for Harrison County).

"I would hope we would apply next cycle," Kevin Russel, county engineer, said.

The Lanesville connector road request — a total of $9,472,600 with a local match of $2,147,442 — would be the last of three phases to connect the Lanesville interchange area with S.R. 64 near Georgetown.

The first phase, between the Interstate 64 interchange and George's Hill Road, is complete, and the second phase, between George's Hill and Old Lanesville roads, is fully-funded and is in the design phase with construction set for 2017.

The Indian Creek Trail project would have connected the gap between the north section of the trail (YMCA of Harrison County section) and the south section (Hayswood Nature Reserve).

Walkers, runners and riders could then make their way from the YMCA and Keller Fields sports complex south along Indian Creek through downtown Corydon to the reserve, crossing two rehabilitated former county road bridges along the way.

One bridge, the old Roth-rock Mill Road bridge, is already in place on the trail, and the other is a part of the failed request that would place the old Valley View Road bridge on the trail farther north on the Hayswood-side of the trail closer to downtown.

The total project cost estimate is $2,538,919, and the county's portion (20 percent) would have been $507,783.80.

The county is already committed to rehabilitating the bridge where it is now for the next 25 years. Relocating the bridge to the trail would be cheaper for the county.

In other business from the engineer's office, the county officially purchased the Windell property for the highway garage and Monday the commissioners sent a request of $1 million to the county council for the project.

"It's no small news," Russel said of the purchase. "I'm very excited."

Councilman Phil Smith suggested the board request the money out of riverboat gaming funds to help save time on the project.

The commissioners hope to have the salt dome completed by the end of the year.

The board also approved changing the Hancock Chapel-North roads intersection to a three-way stop.

Paula Craig, director of housing for Blue River Services Inc., asked for — and received — a letter of support for a grant to construct six more apartment units at Country Trace senior apartments south of Palmyra. Craig said the facility currently has 38 units that are fully rented with a waiting list of 34 potential residents. If all grants are successful, the plan is to start construction in March and be complete by next fall, she said.

The commissioners' next meeting will be Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Harrison County Government Center in south Corydon.

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