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US 33 realignment solidified at Goshen meeting

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Things are moving forward with the US 33 realignment project in Goshen. Goshen's East Neighborhood Association held their usual public meeting Sunday evening to talk about the plans ahead.

Mary Cripe, Goshen City Engineer, answered questions about the project. She says the 20 year debate about how to make the community a little better for everyone will probably break ground in 2016.

Indiana Department of Transportation's plan as of now is to direct US 33 to be parallel with the train tracks starting at E. Monroe Street. and connecting at SR 15. The plan includes adding overpasses on Cottage Ave, E. Lincoln Ave., and 9th St.

At the meeting, several community members voiced their concerns about the project, and one attendee says they should have spoken up back in March, while INDOT was taking advice from the public.

Now, plans are solidified, and Cripe says there's more than one purpose for the realignment. She says directing traffic away from downtown will make the city a more pedestrian friendly space, especially for Chandler elementary school kids. The project also reduces traffic congestion for everyone. She added that there will only be three traffic signals on the new US 33.
So far, there's $25 million dollars allocated to fund the construction.


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