Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

February 27, 2013

Public has questions about U.S. 33 reroute plan

GOSHEN — A crowd of around 40 Goshen residents contributed ideas and voiced their concerns about a proposed rerouting of U.S. 33 through Goshen Tuesday during a meeting at the Rieth Interpretive Center.

City engineer Mary Cripe said the Indiana Department of Transportation is considering a north connector route, which would move the existing U.S. 33 route off of Madison and Main streets to a new, elevated roadway that would parallel the Nortfolk-Southern railroad from Monroe Street to Pike Street.

The road would be a dedicated two-lane structure with a bridge over the railroad, Ninth Street, Lincoln Avenue and Cottage Avenue.

Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman told the audience the north connector route, “Is a conceptual plan” with a lot of details pending before the final decision.

“It’s not decided yet and (INDOT) is going through some federal hoops to determine if that’s where they can go and planning an announcement sometime this summer. It’s certainly a tremendous impact, especially for the neighborhood it goes through,” Kauffman said. “There are pluses and minuses for the community. It’s an emotional issue for the people who are losing their properties and have an emotional attachment or grew up there. We understand that. They (INDOT) look at the whole community when they make a decision.”

Cripe said the construction could begin in 2016 and that property owners who might be affected by the project have been contacted.

INDOT officials clarified the number of parcels of property impacted, saying the project would “require the relocation of up to 40 parcels.” A preliminary map of the project shows about 50 properties being impacted in some way by the project.

“This is an INDOT project, not a city project,” Cripe said. “It’s not easy whatsoever. They haven’t made their final decision but heavily leaning toward the north connector route. These are preliminary plans and as we get more information, we’ll have more public information meetings.”

An audience member asked how much the project would cost.

“INDOT officials say they have $25 million budgeted for the project with construction, design and right of way acquisition,” Cripe said.

There were questions and concerns about the closing of some intersections and being pedestrian friendly.

Cripe said Fifth Street wouldn’t be much of an intersection with the new route and traffic would only be permitted to turn right.

“Main Street would be a signalized traffic intersection,” she said, “and the shift over to Main Street at the base of the overpass would be bicycle trail to make it accommodating for all modes of traffic.”

An audience member asked about the volume of traffic being free flowing through the overpass and would it be a big bottleneck at Main Street with a long line of traffic backing up to get up on it.

Cripe said, “the (traffic) lights are going to be synchronized and tied together to keep it flowing. I don’t know all the answers but that’s what I would anticipate.”

Another person asked how a 20-foot wall would look in the middle of town with the overpass and Cripe said, “We have those same concerns.”

She said there has been discussion with INDOT about having some type of landscape or ivy to create a buffer with the approaches on the overpass.

“It’s going to be a learning curve with everybody (with the project),” Cripe said.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GN140420 ysk kalil 01.jpg You Should Know: Anthony Kalil GOSHEN -- Goshen native Anthony Kalil has been awarded a Richard Trucker Career Grant, which includes a $10,000 cash prize. He currently lives in New York. The grant is awarded to three of America's top young opera singers who are selected after a by

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140420 The 39 Steps Taking 'Steps' in Bristol BRISTOL -- The Elkhart Civic Theatre crew is set to present the classic Alfred Hitchcock mystery "The 39 Steps" at The Bristol Opera House. Performances of "The 39 Steps" are planned for two weekends -- this coming Friday and Saturday and May 2 and 3

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140420 Kokomo Tornado 03 Recent decisions by FEMA have frustrated state and local leaders KOKOMO, Ind. -- Pamela Jackson thought she was lucky to escape harm as a tornado bore down on her neighborhood last November. She huddled in a bathroom with her two disabled sons, critically ill husband and six other family members as the twister ble

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140418 ghs high mileage team 12.jpg Goshen High School Super Mileage team to compete in national competition for third straight year GOSHEN -- The Goshen High School Super Mileage team is heading to Houston this week to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon for the third consecutive year. The team, led by engineering technology teacher J.J. Johnson, is taking two cars to the competiti

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • BIZ GN0420 tech talk image Mistakes businesses make with their home page Mistakes businesses make with their home page

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140420 boston marathon 04.jpg Undeterred by last year's bombing, several locals return for Monday's Boston Marathon GOSHEN "Boston Strong" is the moniker that emerged from Boston a year ago, describing the way people dealt with the tragic events that marred the 117th annual running of the Boston Marathon. Three spectators were killed and 264 more people injured w

    April 19, 2014 5 Photos

  • GN140419 good friday 04 Local Christians reflect in advance of Easter Sunday GOSHEN - Members of the community gathered at First Presbyterian Church of Goshen to observe Good Friday with a Stations of the Cross tour.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Briefly Elkhart Store opens at mall Creative Life Memories is now open at Concord Mall. The store is owned by Jose Elizalde, a native of Chicago, Goshen College graduate and resident of Elkhart County. CLM specializes in engraving and personalizing small gif

    April 19, 2014

  • GN140419 cyclists return 05 Trio of GC alums return from Pan-American trek GOSHEN — The dream for a pan-American cycling adventure was born for Levi Smucker, Abe Stucky, and Michael Miller on the couches in a dormitory room at Goshen College in late 2010,

    April 18, 2014 5 Photos

  • GN140419 children's book experience 'Children's Book Experience' Saturday at Better World Books

    A “Children’s Book Experience” for young people in elementary and middle school is set from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Better World Books in downtown Goshen.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

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

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest