TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Indiana Department of Transportation hosted a public hearing Tuesday evening at the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club to discuss road improvements on Terre Haute’s north side.
The forum was held to discuss the possibility of a new bridge over the train tracks for cars traveling on 13th Street and 8th Avenue.
The project includes two roundabouts as well as new pedestrian paths.
“Traffic will not have to stop for the train anymore, which is a safety issue,” project director Mike Matel said. “As you know, there’s the hospital that’s located about a mile west of this intersection. This will greatly enhance response time.”
Officials said the purpose of the project is to get rid of delays on 13th Street and 8th Avenue caused by train traffic. The plan also aims to make the area safer at those crossings.
Organizers said the project is necessary due to the increasing traffic in the area and close proximity to the hospital.
“So far everybody I’ve talked to is very favorable with the project,” Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said. “They’re just a little not sure about exactly what’s gonna to them personally. Some people it’s a few feet, some people it’s more than half of their property. The end result is it’s going to be great. Getting there will be a little bumpy.”
The project would begin in the summer of 2023.