Moore also pledged the city’s support in helping to pay for the improvements that are deemed necessary.
“It’s worth our while as a city to help,” he said. He added that the city will do “whatever it takes” to help move the project forward, but there are no estimates on the cost to improve the roadways.
“It’s not going to be cheap,” Moore said.
The need to make changes to the roadway was brought up at a board of public works meeting two weeks earlier and at the time there was some debate about who controlled the roadway.
Matt Keller, owner of Keller Lighting, located near the corner of Ind. 62 and Utica-Sellersburg Road, voiced his concerns about the road and the speeds that vehicles are traveling up and down Ind. 62.
“Someone’s going to get killed on Utica-Sellersburg Road,” he said at the meeting. “The intersection is terrible.”
Whatever the traffic count is for the intersection now, it is likely to change with River Ridge Commerce Center’s continued development and with the opening of the east-end bridge in 2016.
“This highway was built when there was farmland and very little commercial and residential development,” Moore said. “We need to fix the problem to make sure the thoroughfare to get to River Ridge is acceptable to all the trucks and cars that go out that way and also the families that go to their homes every day.”
Moore said the road is accessed by nearly 300 homes to the west and another 400 from the east. That does not include the additional traffic generated from River Ridge, farther north on Ind. 62.
“River Ridge is only at 6 percent capacity,” Moore said. “Let’s make sure we’re fixing a problem that’s not [just] going to fix the situation right now, but that’s going to fix the situation for the next 20 years.”