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State-driven choice better than no road


My Opinion


December 11, 2013 | 11:06 AM

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners made the right move by going ahead with attempts to secure funds for the Lanesville Connector Road project, even if it is not the preferred route.

Question of the Week
Do you think the connector road between S.R. 64 and Interstate 64 at the Lanesville interchange will have an impact on you?
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The board could have refused to move forward in hopes of someday changing the state's (Indiana Dept. of Transportation and Dept. of Natural Resources) mind about alternate three, but who knows if or when that could ever be accomplished.

With each passing year, the price of asphalt and other items associated with the project rises considerably. Also, the sooner the better because the interchange area, with an approaching sewer system and construction on the Areva pharmaceutical plant, is finally gaining some steam after decades of dormancy. To continue that momentum, the board, even if a federal grant isn't secured, should move forward with the creation of the road.

The proposed road would connect S.R. 64 and the Lanesville Interstate 64 interchange area.

The chosen route out of five proposals from the interchange area north to S.R. 64 is alternate four; it is the route approved by INDOT. It follows Old Lanesville Road from the interchange area north to George's Hill Road then heads west toward Felton Road, crosses the Norfolk Southern Railroad before heading north again to S.R. 64 (east of Gun Club Road), crossing Indian Creek along the way.

The original desired route by county officials (alternate three) is a little farther east and less expensive by more than $3 million, but it was not accepted by INDOT. From what local officials gathered, it was not — and will not be — accepted because it would go through a small forested area and disturb wildlife. Seriously. Not to mention some of the land needed for the chosen route, alternate four cuts directly through the middle of prime farm land. With the $3 million it would save to go with route three, the county could plant all kinds of trees for the displaced squirrels.

Regardless of the absurdity of not being about to go the proper route, the bottom line remains that the road needs to be built. It will allow those in the northern part of the county to commute much easier to the Lanesville interchange area and also to downtown Corydon, depending on where the person lives. Plus, the congestion of the Edwardsville interchange area will be relieved significantly with the connector road.

Alternate four is better than no road at all.

Twitter: @rossschulz

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    Connector Road
    December 12, 2013 | 11:10 AM

    Why should Harrison County Officials spend our money on alleviating traffic problems on State Roads in Floyd County? How is it going to reduce congestion when the same amount of traffic will be using I 64, they would just be coming in from a different exit.

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    December 12, 2013 | 12:31 PM

    It's more about stimulating economic development at the Lanesville interchange than just alleviating traffic congestion.

    There should definitely be a connector road, but I don't think we should be funding route 4. It ought to be route 3. Yes, the state won't allow it right now, but that's apt to change down the line. Once the road is built, we're stuck with route 4 forever.

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    connector road
    December 17, 2013 | 12:49 PM

    I do not understand why it is a foregone conclusion that a connector road is needed. I do not see the need. It will not help people living in the area at all since the road will be limited access. Route four will not even be going to the "new industrial center", but in the opposite direction. Harrison County will be taking private land and spending millions of public money, and for what?
    I can note that only 19 people responded to the "Question of the Week". That is how much interest there is for a new road. The council needs to be more wise in spending. They voted 4 to 3, so they are not all convinced either.

    Martha Felten
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    Route 3
    December 17, 2013 | 02:40 PM

    Since route 4 would be limited access the argument in favor of economic development are substantially weakened. If anything the connector road may actually hurt business in Georgetown by reducing the number of cars which drive through.

    The county would be wise to wait and press again for route 3; since as has already been stated once the road is in place we are stuck with it.

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