Main and Third streets
If the north connector route is constructed, the city will take control of the old U.S. 33 route that used Main Street. For Cripe, that is a positive development that will allow city officials to control the roadway and make changes as the public requests.
Ind. 15 traffic would be rerouted to Third Street, Cripe said, and the city would then be able to consider increasing parking on Main Street by allowing angled parking. Pedestrian “bump outs” at downtown intersections could also be constructed. Bump outs are a popular way to narrow the distance at crosswalks for pedestrians.
But Gingrich wondered about that process.
“Main Street should be openly discussed instead of being a side issue,” he said.
Gingrich said he feels there needs to be a lot more public discussion that should include the impact on residents, and how the south link road, Main Street and C.R. 17 come into play in the city’s traffic flow.