PUBLIC HEARING: INDOT to host public hearing on U.S. 40 project

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HANCOCK COUNTY — A public hearing will be held Tuesday, June 13 to discuss a project aimed at improving safety along U.S. 40 and the Pennsy Trail.

The hearing — hosted by the Indiana Department of Transportation — starts at 6 p.m. at the Hancock County Courthouse Annex Building’s Commissioner’s Courtroom, located in the Hancock County Courthouse Annex at 311 American Legion Place in Greenfield.

The public will be able to speak with the project team, ask one-on-one questions and give feedback on the project’s current design, which aims to enhance safety by reducing vehicular collisions and extend the service life of U.S. 40.

The proposed project would impact U.S. 40 between CR 700 W and CR 600 W, and between CR 500 W and Windswept Road.

The reconfiguration is expected to reduce the potential for crashes and provide safe and efficient access for current and future driveways while maintaining traffic flow.

The project area encompasses approximately 8.5 miles in length along U.S. 40, from roughly 4.5 miles east of I-465 to roughly .9 miles west of Ind. 9.

The Maintenance of Traffic plan for the project will consist of flagging, lane restrictions and lane closures. Access to all properties will be maintained during construction, which is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2025.

According to INDOT, the state agency will coordinate with emergency services, local school corporation officials and project stakeholders to ensure potential disruptions and impacts are minimized as much as possible.

The environmental documentation and preliminary design information is available to view prior to the public meeting at the following locations:

— INDOT Greenfield District Office, at 32 S. Broadway St. in Greenfield. (Call1-855-INDOT4U for information.)

— Butler, Fairman, & Seufert, Inc., at 8450 Westfield Blvd., Ste. 300 in Indianapolis. (Call 317-713-4615 for information.)

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 weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation.

Written comments may be submitted by June 28 to environmental scientist Brittney Layton at 317-713-4615 or [email protected].

Those who need project information in alternative formats may contact INDOT project manager Sarah Doyle at [email protected] or 317-409-6167.