INDOT to host public hearing on Parke County bridge project

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ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Indiana Department of Transportation will host a public hearing Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Parke County Co-Op Extension Office, located at 1472 North U.S. 41, Rockville, Ind. The purpose of the public hearing is to offer those interested to comment on current preliminary design plans for the proposed project involving the U.S. 41 Bridge over Roaring Creek, located just under one half mile south of S.R. 47 in Penn Township, Parke County.

The purpose of this project is to improve the overall condition of the bridge, while preserving the qualities for which the bridge possesses significance. This historic bridge is subject to the conditions of select bridges prescribed in the Historic Bridge Programmatic Agreement.

The Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan for the project involves maintaining traffic on U.S. 41 for the duration of the construction period utilizing phased construction. Temporary signals will be placed on the adjacent tangents outside of the adjacent horizontal curves. Signage will be placed at the top of each adjacent hill with rumble strips added to alert traffic of the impending lane closure.

MOT details will be presented during the public hearing. Access to all properties will be maintained during construction. INDOT will coordinate with emergency services, local school corporation officials and project stakeholders to ensure potential disruptions and impacts are minimized as much as possible. Coordination will be required for all the affected utilities in the area and is ongoing.

Properties listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) located within the Area of Potential Effects (APE) for the project include INDOT Bridge No. 041-61-05864B and the William B. and Laura Guthrie House. INDOT Bridge No. 041-61-05864B is eligible for the NRHP. As part of the Indiana Historic Bridge Inventory project, the bridge was determined to be Select. The Guthrie House was listed in the NRHP in 2020.

The proposed action impacts properties listed in or eligible for the NRHP. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), on behalf of the FHWA, has issued a “No Adverse Effect” finding for the project because the project will not diminish the integrity of the characteristics that qualify the historic properties within the APE for inclusion in the NRHP.

Federal and state funds are proposed to be used for construction of this project. INDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have agreed that this project poses minimal impact to natural environment. A Categorical Exclusion (CE) environmental document has been prepared for the project. Project materials are available to view at https://www.in.gov/indot/4217.htm.

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. Reply with any comments to INDOT Project Manager, Arshad Ahmed at ArAhmed@indot.in.gov by March 10.

The in-person public hearing will require masks and appropriate social distancing measures. Hand sanitation stations will be available. With advance notice, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons with disabilities with regards to participation and access to project information as part of the hearings process including arranging auxiliary aids, interpretation services for the hearing impaired, services for the sight impaired and other services as needed. Should accommodation be required, contact Brian Shaw at bshaw@b-l-n.com or (317) 806-3028.

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