GOSHEN — Maybe next time?
Members of the East Goshen Neighborhood Association were a little disappointed Sunday evening when the guest speaker for their monthly meeting, City Engineer Mary Cripe, turned out to be a no-show for the event.
According to EGNA Board President Edward McKenna, Cripe had been invited to speak before the board regarding some concerns the neighborhood has about the planned rerouting of a section of U.S. 33 in Goshen.
“At our last meeting, there were a lot of concerns raised related to transportation issues connected to the planned U.S. 33 project, and how that’s going to affect our neighborhood, and whether or not we’re still going to be trapped here behind slow trains, that kind of thing,” McKenna said. “We were really hoping to get a chance to sit down and talk with Mary about it, because this supposedly is Mary’s area of expertise. So I’m not sure what happened. Maybe our wires got crossed somewhere.”
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, the proposed U.S. 33 project involves construction of approximately one mile of two-lane roadway on new alignment of which approximately 2,000 feet will be elevated. Beginning just north of the U.S. 33/Sander Avenue intersection, the new alignment would diverge from the existing alignment at Monroe Street and run northerly across Madison Street and Jefferson Street. From that point it would turn northwesterly and parallel the Norfolk Southern Marion Branch railroad tracks until turning westerly, following Pike Street to its intersection with Main Street (Ind. 15), where it would rejoin existing U.S. 33.
As part of the rerouting process, overpasses would be constructed at Cottage Avenue, Lincoln Avenue and the Norfolk Southern Marion Branch railroad spur which runs north-south along the east side of Ninth Street. Improvements are also proposed at the U.S. 33 intersections with Main Street, Fifth Street/Pike Street, Madison Street and Monroe Street. The elevated roadway section would reportedly be located between 10th Street and Seventh Street, while short connector roadways would be provided to link Clinton Street with Seventh Street and Washington Street with 10th Street.