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Public Hearing Notice | U.S. 30 and C.R. 500 East

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will host a public hearing on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Coesse Elementary School, Cafeteria, Enter Door 1, 2250 S 500 E, Columbia City, Indiana  46725. The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on current design plans for a U.S. 30 intersection improvement at County Road 500 East (CR 500 E), located in Whitley County.

The purpose of the project is to enhance safety by eliminating the CR 500 E left-turning and crossing movements at U.S. 30.  The preferred alternative proposes to convert the existing at grade intersection to Median U-Turn configurations east and west of the intersection to complete what would ordinarily be a direct left-turn or through movement from CR 500 E onto U.S. 30. The preliminary plans for the Median U-turns will be designed to provide sufficient turning radius for vehicles and trucks. Under this alternative, traffic along U.S. 30 will continue to operate unimpeded and will maintain full access for left and right turning movements onto the county road system.  Dedicated lanes will be included on US 30 to allow for queuing and deceleration at the U-turn locations.  For more information regarding the Median U-turn intersection treatment please visit https://www.in.gov/indot/3392.htm.

The project will not require the acquisition of any right of way. Maintenance of traffic will require single lane closures with outside shoulder work to be completed prior to median construction. Access to properties will be maintained at all times during construction. Disruption of emergency services and school bus routes may occur during construction, however notification activities will take place should access become impeded and/or restricted. Presently, state and federal funds will be utilized for the construction of the project.

The environmental document and preliminary design plans are available to view prior to the public hearing at the following locations:
1.  Peabody Public Library, 1160 E SR 105, Columbia City, IN 46725
2. INDOT Fort Wayne District at 5333 Hatfield Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808
3. Hearings Examiner, Room N642 of the IGCN, 100 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN
46204‑2216, Phone # 317-234-0796
Public statements for the record will be taken as part of the public hearing procedure. All verbal statements recorded during the public hearing and all written comments submitted prior to, during and for a period of two (2) weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation. Written comments in regard to the project may be submitted prior to the public hearing and within the comment period to: INDOT Public Hearings, IGCN Room N642, 100 North Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204. E-Mail: rclark@indot.IN.gov

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and with advance notice, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids including but not limited to sign language interpretation, alternative formatted documents and other ADA supportive services. Should an accommodation be required please contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at 317-232-6601 or e-mail rclark@indot.in.gov.   In addition and in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring auxiliary aids and/or supportive services including but not limited to in-person language interpretation, alternative format documents and other services as needed.  Should an accommodation be required please contact Rickie Clark, Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601, or email rclark@indot.in.gov.

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Kennedy St.George – (Whitley County EDC) 260.244.5506 or kstgeorge@whitleyedc.com