Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

August 22, 2013

Public weighs in on roundabout

NAPPANEE — Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson told Indiana Department of Transportation officials they have a challenge with the proposed single-lane roundabout at Ind. 19, Ind. 119 and C.R. 44.

“We have buggies, tractors, farm equipment and trucks. It has to work,” Thompson said. “We have met with INDOT officials and getting all the information about it and how it works. It has to work...that is the challenge.”

The mayor spoke during an INDOT public information meeting Wednesday evening at NorthWood High School with a crowd of about 60 people in attendance.

INDOT officials said the first phase of the project slated for construction in 2015 includes keeping Ind. 19 open during construction and having a detour for Ind. 119 and C.R. 44 East. Cr. 44 West will remain open during Phase 1.

There will be real estate acquisition activities in 2013 and 2014 with appraising, negotiations and buying, as well as utilities coordination and relocation.

Other community members spoke during the public comment session. They voiced concerns how the roundabout would affect the farming community, the travel time of buses and students driving to school, and the flow of truck traffic.

“This (the roundabout) will accommodate and align to keep traffic moving and we also see the roundabout as an enhancement of safety,” said Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement. “Drivers slow down on approach to the roundabout, they look left, then yield to traffic within the roundabout and merge in to the traffic flow.”

The roundabout will be designed to accommodate oversize trucks with a center island and outside truck aprons for wheels to use with a wide load.

“It has a similar capacity to a signalized intersection and everyone slows down,” said Ryan Clark, project manager for CHA, the consulting firm for the project.

Traffic will shift to the new roundabout on Ind. 19 as it nears completion and Ind. 119 and C.R. 44 will be opened. The C.R. 44 West approach to the roundabout will be constructed. As part of the project, a small bridge will be replaced over Christophel Ditch.

Tom Gibson of Syracuse says he has doubts about the proposed project.

“My personal feelings...make a right-turn lane, a center lane and a left-turn lane on all the roads,” Gibson said. “I’m nervous (about the roundabout and traffic flow). There is no perfect solution.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • BIZ GN140801 eby ford image 02 Eby Ford renovates showroom and more GOSHEN — The remodeled and expanded Eby Ford, Lincoln, Mercury dealership was celebrated Thursday night during an open house and ribbon cutting. “Without our awesome customers, we wouldn’t be here,” said owner Todd Eby as he addressed the crowd of fr

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140801 Mackowiak new Millersburg marshal.jpg Retired Goshen police officer sworn in as new Millersburg town marshal

    Retired Goshen police officer Al Mackowiak was sworn in as Millersburg's new town marshal Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wawasee Conservancy map Conservancy buys wetlands property at Syracuse Lake SYRACUSE — The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation has purchased 44 1/2 acres of property along the southeast corner of Syracuse Lake. It is adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks, East Shore Drive and Cornelius Road and includes the Bonar Lake wetlands

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140731 Habitat auction2.jpg Friday auction to benefit Habitat SHIPSHEWANA — On Friday, LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity will host its annual auction at Shipshewana Auction Barn.The auction begins at 3:30 p.m. and includes, among many other items, a five-piece bedroom suite, a white oak trestle table and a d

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • City heads seek more employees GOSHEN — Like the 2014 budget, the city of Goshen’s proposed 2015 budget will include a number of requests for new personnel as department heads fight to maintain services amidst growing responsibilities and shrinking coffers.The Goshen City Council

    July 31, 2014

  • Rerouting for U.S. 33 lags behind GOSHEN — It looks like the city could start seeing some movement on the planned U.S. 33 rerouting project by as early as next month.That’s the word from Goshen Civil City Engineer Mary Cripe, who spoke on the subject during the annual Goshen City Cou

    July 31, 2014

  • School board OKs contract GOSHEN — The Board of Directors of the Goshen Community School Corp. approved the design-build contract with Ancon Construction of Goshen Wednesday.They approved $12.260 million for the Goshen Middle School piece of construction, said GCS Superintend

    July 31, 2014

  • Hunt_Jeffrey New Paris home invader sentenced to 120 years in prison

    Jeffery J. Hunt was sentenced to 120 years after being pleading guilty to a violent home invasion in New Paris.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hanna Zook A.jpg 9 vie for Distinguished Young Women title MIDDLEBURY — Nine contestants will be competing in Middlebury’s Distinguished Young Women program, formerly known as Middlebury’s Junior Miss program.The theme for this year is “Shine Your Way” and the program will be held at the Northridge High Scho

    July 31, 2014 9 Photos

  • GN140731 Old fashioned farming days 00070.jpg Shipshewana hosts “Old Fashion Farming Days” SHIPSHEWANA — What began 10 years ago as a small exhibition of six or seven farming items dating from the 1800s and 1900s has grown into a yearly festival celebrating the unique histories of more than 400 pieces of antique faming equipment.According

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN