Road will benefit Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church, offer motorists a way to avoid roundabout



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Hancock County Commissioners had already planned to eventually build a new north-south road just east of the roundabout, but Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church's donation of an east-west driveway to the county makes for an L-shaped route anybody can take to avoid the roundabout during and after construction. (Kyle Lewis/Daily Reporter graphic)


MT. COMFORT — Two new roads will be constructed this spring to help motorists avoid the multilane roundabout at CRs 600W and 300N during and after construction.

Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church Tuesday donated a driveway to the county to be turned into a public access road on the northeast quadrant of the intersection.

Because county commissioners had already planned to build another small access road off CR 300N, the two strips of land combined will make for an L-shaped route that anybody can take to avoid the multilane roundabout.

“It’s kind of a win/win for both the county and the church,” said Mel Branson, a member of the church’s board of trustees.

The plan allows for greater mobility for church members and those who use the church’s day care, Branson said. The way the roundabout is planned, people leaving the church would have had to turn north on Mt. Comfort Road and find a place to turn around if they wanted to go south.

Now that plans are in place for the new public-access roads, anybody can leave the church and head south easily, Branson said.

The east-west driveway the church donated will be called Eakin Drive, after Leoma Eakin, who donated financially to the church over the years.

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