Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

June 25, 2013

Elkhart County Commissioners deny INDOT's request to close C.R. 21

GOSHEN — A small section of roadway near Elcona County Club in Bristol is no longer on the chopping block thanks to a ruling by the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners Monday morning.

During their meeting Monday, the commissioners officially voted to deny a request by the Indiana Department of Transportation to permanently close C.R. 21 between U.S. 20 and C.R. 16 — a half mile section that cuts through the middle of Elcona Country Club.

According to the commissioners, INDOT made the initial request for closure of the roadway due to safety concerns connected to its plan to widen U.S. 20 from two to five lanes from Ind. 15 on the east to the U.S. 20 Bypass on the west. Construction for that project is set to begin later this year.

Officials with INDOT have indicated they feel the widening of U.S. 20 will make the area too dangerous for those wishing to turn onto or cross U.S. 20 from C.R. 21.

Not everyone is in favor of the closure, however. One such group is the Jefferson Township Fire Department, which recently indicated that the C.R. 21 crossing is the fastest way to get to neighborhoods northwest of the bypass. According to officials with the department, a closure of C.R. 21 would result in an increase of as much as a minute to a minute and a half in response time for emergency responders due to the need for a detour.

Due to the controversy connected to the proposed closing, the Board of Commissioners held an informal Town Hall meeting at the Jefferson Township Fire Department last week to discuss the possible closure with the public.

“It was not a formal public hearing,” said Commissioner Terry Rodino. “It was strictly a Town Hall meeting, if you will, to discuss what the neighborhood is looking at, what the people that live out there, what they’d like to see done with it.”

And according to the board, the discussion at the meeting proved very enlightening.

“The discussion with them was a very healthy discussion,” Rodino said. “All three commissioners were there, and we told the people who attended that we would make a formal decision at (Monday’s) board meeting.”

Given all the information on the subject gleaned from the Town Hall meeting, plus additional comments via email and word of mouth, the commissioners Monday indicated they’d come to the decision that leaving C.R. 21 open would be in the best interest of everyone involved.

Even so, the commissioners acknowledged that the widening of C.R. 20 could create some safety issues in the area, stating that they intend to keep an eye on the intersections in the area to see if any additional action needs to be taken in the area moving forward.

“The official opinion would be that we not entertain the idea of closing, which was the request from INDOT,” said Commissioner Mike Yoder. “But I do think we need to continue to watch all of those intersections. I think what we learned through this process was that C.R. 19 South was actually one of the more dangerous intersections. I wasn’t aware of that. I also was not aware of how many cars were actually using C.R. 21. So if nothing else, it was brought to our awareness of the traffic needs out there.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Harness Racing Crowd Harness racing a fan favorite at 4-H Fair GOSHEN — There is no question about the popularity of the three-day harness racing program at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBT GN0723 Cook obit photo R. Louise Cook R. Louise Cook Dec. 23, 1920-July 17, 2014 ELKHART — R. Louise Cook, 93, a lifetime resident of Elkhart, died at 5 a.m. Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa. She was born Dec. 23, 1920 in Elkhart County, three miles north of Wakarusa, to Irvin

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140723 fair senior day 02 4-H FAIR: Senior citizens enjoy day despite temps GOSHEN — It was a warm day Tuesday, but that didn’t stop hundreds of senior citizens from stopping by for a snack and a walk through the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140723 fair shuffle board 02 4-H Fair: Shuffleboard tourney a source of fun GOSHEN — A little friendly banter could be heard among the shuffleboard players as they competed at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Tuesday afternoon.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140723 CR34-Ind. 13 Crash 1 LaGrange man airlifted from scene of crash A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash at Ind. 13 and C.R. 34 at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday. Terry Fry, 44, LaGrange, was airlifted by MedFlight from the scene. Elkhart County police said he was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital with fractures to

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charlotte.jpg SLIDESHOW: Pets of the Week Cats and dogs at the Humane Society of Elkhart County looking for loving, permanent homes. This month the HSEC has a Hot Dogs and Cool Cats special. Adopt in July and receive 25 percent off your adoption fee for dogs and cats under 5 years old or 50 percent off those 5-years-old or better.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140723 Sanders fair faces FAIR FACES: Austin Sanders enjoys success, versatility as 10-year 4-Her

    It’s tough to say in which Elkhart County 4-H Fair livestock barn you’re most likely to find 10-year 4-H member Austin Sanders.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Goshen City Hall GOSHEN BOARD OF WORKS: Gravel lot approved for Forest River

    GOSHEN — The employee parking areas for a new manufacturing facility within the Century Drive Industrial Park on Goshen’s south side will be allowed to remain unpaved, though that doesn’t mean the city has to like it.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140722 fair food drive 03 Fair's food drive falls short of world record, but is still a success

    For a 24-hour period, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair “All IN” food drive committee attempted a “Guinness Book of World Records” for the largest single-day food drive. Their goal: 560,000 pounds of food collected from 1 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Monday.

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • GN140722 fair special needs awareness 02 Many enjoy Disabilities Awareness Day at the fair

    Barry Malone stepped off the Orient Express roller coaster ride, grinning. “That I was fun. I liked that,” Malone said with a laugh. “That was a good ride, too.” Malone attended the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Monday and participated in the Disabilities Awareness Day activities and events at Heritage Park, just inside the main gate.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos


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.

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment