(SALEM) – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will host a public hearing on Wednesday, January 15, at Salem City Hall, at 6 p.m.
The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on current design plans for a proposed intersection improvement project at State Road 60 and the Salem Bypass in Washington County. Specifically, the project proposes to convert the existing two-way stop control intersection into a roundabout intersection.
The purpose of the proposed project is to enhance safety at the intersection by reducing the frequency and severity of vehicular collisions at this location.
The preferred alternative is to reconfigure the intersection into a single-lane roundabout. The proposed project also will include replacing the pavement to full depth, as needed, to build new approach legs leading into the roundabout. Existing guardrails along the south side of the intersection and a portion of the existing guardrail along the north side of S.R. 60 to the east of Salem Bypass will be removed and not replaced. New guardrail end treatments will be installed. The project proposal will also include intersection lighting.
The proposed construction of the intersection improvement is anticipated to begin in 2021 and would be constructed utilizing phased construction.
The Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) for the project includes the closure of the Salem Bypass and S.R. 60 during phased construction. Access to properties will be maintained at all times during construction.
The official Salem Bypass detour will utilize S.R. 135 through the City of Salem, S.R. 56 and U.S. 150. S.R. State Road 60 will remain open as long as possible through construction but will be closed to complete curb work. The official S.R. 60 detour will utilize S.R. 56 and I-65.
Federal and State funds are proposed to be used for the construction of this project. The environmental document is available to view prior to the public hearing at the following locations:
- Salem Public Library, 212 North Main Street, Salem, Indiana 47167
- INDOT Seymour District Office, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, Indiana 47274
- INDOT Office of Public Involvement, Rm N642, 100 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204‑2216, Phone # (317) 232-6601
A project webpage will be created prior to the public hearing date to ensure project information is available on-line via the INDOT Seymour District web page https://www.in.gov/indot/2706.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 (2) weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation. Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing and within the comment period to: INDOT Public Hearings, IGCN Room N642, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204. E-Mail: rclark@indot.IN.gov.
INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020.
With advance notice, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons with disabilities with regards to participation and access to project information as part of the public hearing process including arranging auxiliary aids, interpretation services for the hearing impaired, services for the sight impaired and other services as needed. In addition, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring auxiliary aids including language interpretation services and document conversion. Should accommodation be required please contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINTER WEATHER NOTICE
In the event of inclement weather resulting in hazardous driving conditions, please call the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Office of Public Involvement to learn of any postponement of the public hearing. If the public hearing is postponed due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at Salem City Hall beginning at 6 p.m. and the public comment period would be extended.