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INDOT To Hold Public Meetings on I-69 Section 6

25 Nov

IMG_2375 2I haven’t seen much local publicity about this, so I thought I’d pass it on. INDOT is holding a series of 3 public meetings about I-69 Section 6 (from Martinsville to Indianapolis). Although this section doesn’t pass through Monroe County, residents of Monroe County traveling to Indianapolis certainly have a stake in the route selected. My understanding is that INDOT is planning to have a Record of Decision on the final route for Section 6 (the last section of I-69) by 2018.

INDOT is currently considering the following “preliminary alternatives”:

http://www.in.gov/indot/projects/i69/images/I69_Section6_PreliminaryAlternativesMap.pdf
Here is INDOT’s press release:

The Indiana Department of Transportation will present new details about the five preliminary routes for I-69 Section 6 from Martinsville to Indianapolis during public meetings the week of Nov. 30. The meetings will collect additional public comment to help INDOT refine the five preliminary alternatives down to a smaller number of routes.

The first meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 30 at Perry Meridian High School, 401 W. Meridian School Rd. in Indianapolis. The second meeting will occur on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at Mooresville High School, 11 N. Carlisle St. in Mooresville. The third meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3 at Martinsville High School, 1360 E. Gray St. in Martinsville.

Doors will open for all of the meetings at 6 p.m. with an open house session, followed by a formal presentation and public comment session in the high-school auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The public meetings respond to public requests for new details and additional public input following announcement of the five preliminary routes in late June.

The new details will include the potential footprint of the five preliminary routes, including proposed interchanges and local access road locations. The public meetings also will present analysis of how the preliminary routes perform on impacts to the human and natural environments, cost, and the Purpose and Need performance measures. The I-69 Section 6 project team is requesting comments for this phase of the project by Dec. 17. Those comments can be submitted using a web form at www.in.gov/indot/projects/i69/2463.htm and by contacting I-69 Section 6 directly at section6pm@indot.in.gov or 317-881-6408.

The public can also visit the I-69 Section 6 project office located at 7847 Waverly Road, Martinsville, IN 46151. The office is open MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be closed on state holidays.

With advance notice, INDOT can arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or persons requiring auxiliary aids or services such as sign language interpreters, readers and large print materials. In addition, accommodations may be made for persons with limited English speaking ability requiring language interpretation services. Should accommodation be needed in regards to the attendance and participation during the open house, and/or access to project related documents, please contact the INDOT Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601 or via e-mail rclark@indot.in.gov.

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Beurt SerVaas, Architect of Indianapolis Unigov, Dies at 94

3 Feb

Tonight’s Indianapolis Star is reporting the death of Beurt SerVaas, famed civic leader of Indianapolis. Among other things, SerVaas is credited with architecting the Indianapolis-Marion County combined governmental system (“unigov”), and served as the president of the combined City-County Council for over 28 years.

SerVaas is perhaps best known in Monroe County for having floated a proposal in 2006 to the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks to construct a 60-mile water pipeline from Lake Monroe to Indianapolis, that could siphon away 90 million gallons per day from the lake to serve the Indianapolis metro area. An article on this proposal in the Herald Times can be found here: Indy wants to tap Lake Monroe.

The full article on SerVaas’ death can be found here: Beurt SerVaas, 94, former Indianapolis council president, dies.

Indianapolis is Considering a Complete Streets Ordinance

10 Jun

I was pleased to see, per IndyStar columnist Matthew Tully in today’s Indianapolis Star, that Indianapolis is considering a Complete Streets ordinance:

http://www.indystar.com/article/20120610/NEWS08/206100344/Matthew-Tully-Indianapolis-streets-can-serve-avenues-more-than-cars?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com

Complete Streets is a transportation policy framework in which road networks are built with the needs of ALL system users in mind, including automobiles, bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, public transit users, users of all ages and abilities, etc., and is focused in making our cities, towns, and neighborhoods more safe, healthy, and livable. This is obviously a major policy shift from traditional public works engineering principles that are geared around moving as many cars from one point to another point.

The Complete Streets Coalition provides additional information about the benefits of complete streets policies, and provides some model policy language.

Indianapolis is not in the vanguard, however, with its Complete Streets. Several other Indiana cities have already passed their own Complete Streets ordinances: