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CR 600W issues rise to surface

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McCordsville officials have gotten some complaints from motorists about the condition of CR 600W.
McCordsville officials have gotten some complaints from motorists about the condition of CR 600W. "I had someone tell me that he can't even ride his motorcycle along there anymore," said town councilman Tom Strayer. (Photo provided)

MCCORDSVILLE — Officials are looking into ways to address concerns about CR 600W, after a recent crack-sealing application left one of the most heavily traveled roads in the county bumpy and uneven.

According to officials, the road has a solid foundation but a lot of cracks, and the recently completed sealing of those cracks has created a rough ride for motorists. It is likely to smooth out as the temperature increases and as traffic continues to use the road, but town officials are hoping a new type of repair in the future can have a longer-term benefit.

Public works committee member Nick Hofmeister said officials thought the crack sealing would last five or six years. Now, they’re not so certain.

One of the possible solutions under consideration is to use a new method of repair called “cape seal.” It is similar to the chip-sealing process used on many county roads, but it adds a layer of slurry over the small bits of stone used in the process.

Chris Oaks, a representative of Pavement Solutions Inc., told town officials last week that solutions to repair the road would have a minimal impact on traffic.

This is the town’s first experience in many years with maintaining the heavily traveled road. In 1998, Hancock County took over maintenance of CR 600W in McCordsville. In 2012, county commissioners and McCordsville officials agreed to turn control back over to the town.

Under the terms of that agreement, McCordsville became responsible for the road inside town limits and was required to perform tasks such as removing snow or making repairs.

McCordsville public works commissioner Ron Crider said he has looked at what the state has done on roads such as Ind. 234 and Interstate 69 and was impressed with the way the roads were holding up.

“It gives you the eight years, possibly up to 10 years. (CR 600W) is a very heavily traveled road,” Crider said.

So far, the town has received a few complaints on the road from motorists.

“I take that road to work every day,” McCordsville resident Caroline Anderson said. “I have to watch the potholes and bumps and swerve around them sometimes.”

Public works committee member and town councilman Tom Strayer said he had heard one significant complaint.

“I had someone tell me that he can’t even ride his motorcycle along there anymore,” Strayer said.

If officials move forward with the plan to address the problems on the road, they agree that the cape seal would likely be the best solution.

“This would protect the crack seal also because it would be covering that,” Strayer said.

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