A public hearing is set for next week to discuss a plan to widen a stretch of Interstate 65 in southeast Indiana. The meeting, conducted by the Indiana Department of Transportation, is scheduled for March 12 at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Sellersburg. March 2, 2015

News Release

SELLERSBURG, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg Campus, 8204 Old Indiana 311, Sellersburg, IN 47172. The evening will begin with an Open House from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed by the Public Hearing starting at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on current design plans for the proposed I-65 added travel lanes to include the proposed temporary ramp closure at the State Road (SR) 311 interchange and the removal of a private road access under I-65 approximately 0.2 mile north of the St. Joe Road bridge.

The project consists of the upgrade of the existing I-65 to a six-lane freeway, between Old SR 311 to Memphis Road in Clark County, Indiana. A Categorical Exclusion level 3 (CE3) environmental document evaluated the project which would construct additional lanes from 1 mile north SR 60 to 2.8 miles south of SR 160 in the form of median travel lanes. The cross section will have an 8 foot paved inside shoulder and a 10 foot paved outside shoulder with the installation of double-sided guardrail. All mainline bridges will be widened in the median with the structural treatment to include superstructure replacement and widening. It is anticipated that the proposed project will involve two residential parcels impacted by acquisition as well as remnants of a private road. The parcels currently being considered for acquisition have been notified prior to this hearing.

The environmental document is available for viewing at the following locations:

1. Hearings Examiner, Room N642, Indiana Government Center North, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204‑2216, Phone # (317) 234‑0796

2. Indiana Department of Transportation Seymour District office, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, IN 47274, Phone: 877-305-7611

3. Sellersburg Library, 430 North Indiana Avenue, Sellersburg, IN 47172, Phone # (812) 246-4493

The tentative timetables for right‑of‑way acqui­sition and construction will be discussed during the formal presentation. Public statements for the record will be taken as part of the public hearing procedure. All verbal statements recorded during the public hearing and all written comments submitted prior to, during and for a period of two (2) weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation. Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing and within the comment period to: INDOT Public Hearings, IGCN Room N642, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

With advance notice, INDOT can provide special accommodation for persons with disabilities and/or limited English speaking ability and persons needing auxiliary aids or services such as interpreters, signers, readers, or large print. Should special accommodation be needed in regards to the attendance and participation during the public hearing, please contact the Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601, or email rclark@indot.in.gov.

Source: The Indiana Department of Transportation

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