Apple Road Bridge Project Complete

The Marshall County Commissioners and highway department personnel did a final walk through of the Apple Road bridge project Tuesday afternoon. Highway Administrator Laurie Baker told the commissioners Monday that this will close out the project.

“Once all of the bills are in on that I can do my closeout on last year’s Community Crossings,” said Baker. “A rough estimate – I think we’re going to be over about $212,000. I don’t have my final bills so don’t hold me to that. It looks like we’ll be returning a little bit over $100,000 back to INDOT. We’ll still have $100,000 to work with for next year’s match.”

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Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety Receives Community Crossings Update

Plymouth City Engineer Rick Gaul addressed the Board of Public Works and Safety during a meeting earlier this week. He provided board members with some information about the recently received INDOT Community Crossings grant.

Gaul said the City of Plymouth received half of the million dollars they were requesting. Initially seven projects were counted as contracts but since they weren’t awarded all of the funds requested they will be removing some projects. Gaul said he hopes to apply for the removed projects at a later date. Continue reading

Culver Town Council Receives Stellar Update as Site Visit Approaches

Town administrators and community members in Culver have been preparing for the upcoming Stellar Communities Designation Program site visit. On Wednesday evening, the Culver Town Council received an update about what has happened so far and what is yet to come.

Culver is one of three finalists in District 2 of the program, competing to be designated as a Stellar Community. In an effort to ensure they are aptly prepared, the Stellar Committee has been meeting on Tuesdays during the month of September. The night before the town council meeting, the committee met and did a practice run for the site visit. Continue reading

More Dissenting Comments Given Toward J-Turns

Opinions have not changed concerning J-turns at intersections in Marshall County. They’re not welcome.

INDOT officials reviewed their proposed plans for a J-turn intersection at U.S. 31 and State Road 110 during a public hearing Wednesday night and residents restated their distaste for the suggested improvement.

INDOT officials say that a J-turn intersection will improve safety by diverting traffic from a median crossroad and allowing drivers to turn into a median allowing a left turn, making a U-turn, joining traffic and turning at the desired location. Continue reading

J-Turn Intersection Public Hearing Set for Tonight

The second round of public hearings on a second set of J-turns proposed for the area is tonight. INDOT will be hosting the forum at the Argos Junior/Senior High School.

The intersection change to include a J-turn is proposed at U.S. 31 and State Road 110 in Marshall and Fulton Counties. The J-turn intersection would not allow a vehicle to turn left at a crossroad. Instead, the driver has to cross lanes of traffic into a median with a turn off lane in order to make a U-turn and join traffic and turn off at the desired location.

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Public Hearing Set for Proposed J-Turn Intersection at U.S. 31 and State Road 110

Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation will be at the Argos Junior/Senior High School on Wednesday night to gather public comments on the proposed J-turn intersection at U.S. 31 and State Road 110 in Marshall and Fulton Counties.

The proposed intersection improvement is a median U-turn, or J-turn. INDOT officials say the purpose of the project is to enhance safety at the intersection by separating traffic movements. They say J-turn intersections increase safety by reducing the number of possible conflicts and the points where two vehicle paths cross.

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Marshall County Commissioners Receive Bridge Construction Updates

Marshall County Highway Administrator Laurie Baker presented the commissioners with a contract between the county and DLZ concerning the Hickory Road bridge. The contract includes the construction inspection of the bridge and the off-site wetland mitigation. The commissioners did approve a contract with DLZ Engineering not to exceed $186,360.

Laurie Johnson from DLZ provided an update on the pre-construction on the Hickory Road Bridge project.

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J-Turns Not a Favorable Solution in Argos

Over 100 people attended a public hearing hosted by officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation Tuesday night at the Argos Junior/Senior High School to address the proposal of a J-turn intersection at U.S. 31 and State Road 10 in Argos.

Troyer Group Project Manager Chris Maidner presented statistics on why a J-turn would be a quicker, cheaper safety alternative at that intersection and provided an example of a J-turn intersection at State Road 114 and 41 in the Morocco area. Their statistics show a reduction in personal injury crashes anywhere from 50 to 100 percent. Studies by INDOT and the Troyer Group found that the J-turn intersections can be utilized by large semi-trucks, school buses, farm equipment, horse and buggies, and large trailers without issue. Continue reading

J-turn Intersection Public Hearing Set for Tonight

A public hearing on the proposed J-turn intersection at U.S. 31 and State Road 10 and Dewey Street in Marshall County is tonight at 6 p.m. at the Argos Junior/High School.

This is the first of two public hearings set for two different J-turn proposals. The other intersection of this kind is proposed on U.S. 31 and State Road 110 on Wednesday, Sept 27 at 6 p.m. ET at the Argos Junior/Senior High School.

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Proposed J-Turn Intersection Public Hearing Set for Tuesday

Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation are hosting a public hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) to hear opinions on the proposed J-turn intersection for U.S. 31 at State Road 10 and Dewey Street (17th Road) in Marshall County.

INDOT touts the intersection will enhance safety for traffic. The J-turn intersection would not allow a vehicle to turn left at a crossroad. Instead, the driver has to travel quite a distance in order to turn left, or the opposite direction, to go back past the crossroad to turn left again to the desired location.

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Culver Town Council Supports Petition Against Proposed J-Turns

The Culver Town Council members are in support of a petition against INDOT’s proposed J-turn intersection at U.S. 31 and State Road 10 and Dewey Street and another at U.S. 31 and State Road 110.

The J-turn intersection would not allow a vehicle to turn left at a crossroad. Instead, the driver has to travel quite a distance in order to turn left, or the opposite direction to go back past the crossroad to turn left again to the desired location. INDOT feels that the construction would create a safer way for traffic to maneuver.

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Public Hearing Set for Intersection Improvement in Marshall, Fulton Counties

The construction of a J-turn intersection is planned at the intersection of U.S. 31 and State Road 110 in Marshall and Fulton Counties. A public hearing on the project is set for Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Argos Community Jr./Sr. High School.

The proposed intersection is expected to enhance safety at that intersection. INDOT officials say J-turn intersections increase safety by reducing the number of possible conflicts and the points where two vehicles cross paths. It is the hope to reduce the number of “T” crashes.

The project information can be viewed prior to the public hearing at the Argos Public Library or by clicking here.

Public Hearing Set for Intersection Improvement

A public hearing is planned to gather comments on the proposed intersection improvement on U.S. 31 and State Road 10 and Dewey Street in Marshall County.

The project includes a measure to increase safety at the intersection and reduce delay by separating traffic movements. The plan is to construct a J-turn, or a median U-turn. J-turns improve the ability of drivers to cross a multi-lane divided highway from a crossroad. According to INDOT, the improvement is expected to reduce the risk of severe crashes.

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INDOT to Award Community Crossing Grants This Fall

Local and county government agency officials are waiting patiently to learn if their road projects will be accepted for grant funds through the state’s Community Crossings grant program.

The competition for grant funds ramped up this year as the state dropped the local match requirement for all applications to 25 percent. Several more municipalities and city government agencies were able to submit requests this year as the local match made a $1 million grant more affordable for some.

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Lane Closures Expected for Spot Paving on U.S. 6

Indiana Department of Transportation crews will be repairing and repaving sections of U.S. 6 between U.S. 31 and State Road 106 in Marshall County beginning Friday, July 28 through Monday, July 31.

Officials say U.S. 6 will be open to all through traffic, but restricted to one lane in both directions. Drivers should be aware that delays may occur and extra time should be allowed for travel in this area.

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Road Work Planned Today, Watch for Closures

Plymouth-Goshen Trail in Marshall County will be closed as crews work to crack seal the road. Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters said the work will be done from city limits to U.S. 30 over the next couple of days. The road is being prepared for chip and seal work.

Peters said the chip and seal work will be done on several county roads and will take approximately one month to complete. He urges motorists to drive carefully on these roads with the new surface. Reduce your speed and drive with care so the loose road surface doesn’t cause damage to vehicles.

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U.S. 31 Project to be Complete in November

Crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation are working on a resurfacing project on U.S. 31 from State Road 10 to 13th Road in Marshall County.

According to INDOT Media Relations Director Doug Moats, the passing lane is being milled and underdrains are being installed. Workers are also preparing the subsurface with patching. This part of the process should be complete in two weeks, depending on the weather. Once that is complete, crews will start paving the passing lane. The passing lane should be complete by the end of July.

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Bridge, Culvert Work to Cause Traffic Delays in Marshall County

Crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation will be working to rehabilitate the bridge over Lincoln Highway, the Conrail Railroad tracks and 10th Road between 9A Road and 11th Road in Marshall County. That project begins Wednesday, July 5 and will continue through the end of September, assuming the project is kept to schedule.

As a result of this construction work, U.S. 31 in this area will be restricted to one southbound and one northbound lane at the bridge. INDOT crews urge drivers to drive in the area with care, obey posted speed limits and signs, and be alert for construction workers and equipment.

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