(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) public hearing to present the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the I-65 at SR 267 Interchange Modification, I-65 at Boone County Road 550 S New Interchange, I-65 Northbound Exit Ramp Modification at Whitestown Parkway, and I-65 Southbound Exit Ramp Modification at I-865.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will host a public hearing on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Whitestown Public Hall, 6210 Veterans Drive, Whitestown, IN 46075. The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on the EA environmental document and related materials for the I-65 enhancements.
The purpose of the project is to improve traffic operations along the I-65 corridor, from I-865 to SR 267 near Whitestown, and to provide improved connectivity between I-65 and the rapidly developing area along the CR 550 S corridor. The improvements will address the need to reduce existing traffic congestion along the I-65 corridor, enhance safety, pedestrian movements, direct access between I-65 and the rapidly developing area near CR 550 S to serve existing and planned land uses and growth patterns along the I-65 corridor.
An estimated 65 acres of right of way will be required for the total of all proposed improvements and will require the relocation of one agricultural facility which also contains a residence. In general the maintenance of traffic will maintain traffic on I-65 during construction with the exception of temporary closures (approximately 20 minutes at a time) for the setting of beams and other bridge work at the SR 267 and CR 550 S interchange areas. The new I-65 interchange at the CR 550 S location will be constructed prior to closing portions of the existing I-65 at SR 267 interchange and the realigning of the local frontage roads. CR 550 S will result in a full closure immediately east of the proposed intersection of the northbound I-65 exit ramp to CR 550 S and the realigned Perry Wroth Road until a locally initiated CR 550 S extension project is constructed to connect to the new interchange.
The EA includes information regarding community and environmental impacts related to the proposed project. The environmental document and the preliminary designs are available to view prior to the public hearing at the project website https://www.in.gov/indot/3729.htm and hard copies of the documentation at the following locations:
- Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. 5th St., Zionsville, IN 46077
- INDOT Crawfordsville District at 41 West 300 North, Crawfordsville, IN 46140
- Hearings Examiner, Room N642 of the IGCN, 100 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204‑2216, Phone # (317) 234-0796
INDOT is soliciting comments on the EA document for the I-65 projects and encourages the community to attend and participate. Public comments accepted through May 9, 2019, INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted during this time.
With advance notice, INDOT can provide accommodation for persons with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids/services such as sign language interpretation, large print materials and other services. Persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring accommodation such as language interpretation services, are encouraged to contact Rickie Clark, Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for coordination of auxiliary aid services.