News and Tribune

December 11, 2013

Ellspermann cuts ribbon on North Vernon Bypass in Jennings County

Road that bypasses city costs $25 million

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann joined local officials, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana National Guard to officially cut the ribbon on 4.5 miles of new North Vernon Bypass in Jennings County which opened on Tuesday, according to a news release from INDOT.

The two-lane, limited access highway is realigning U.S. 50 traffic north of the city, reducing congestion and improving safety for both trucks and passenger vehicles. The bypass is being built and opened to traffic in two phases, with the midpoint north of the city at State Road 3. The section opening today northwest of the city will be named State Road 750 temporarily until the entire bypass is completed and reconnected to U.S. 50.

Drivers are urged to use caution where existing roads meet the new bypass. A new signal has been activated at the Ind. 7 intersection. All other intersections will open as one- or two-way stops with cross-traffic not stopping.

This section of the North Vernon Bypass was built by Force Construction Co. and Milestone Contractors, both of Columbus, for a total of $25 million. As part of the project, three bridges on the existing U.S. 50 west of the bypass are being rehabilitated.

Public Hearing Scheduled for East Bypass

INDOT will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the GT Room of Jennings County High School at 800 West Walnut St., North Vernon. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the public to visit with project officials in the library adjacent to the GT Room and view project displays. The formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a public comment session to express comments, concerns and input.

The purpose of the public hearing is to offer an opportunity to comment on current project plans and the Section 106 finding of adverse impact on historic properties within the area of potential effect. In addition to the public comment session, comment forms and recording devices will be available to capture public comments.

The Environmental Assessment for the eastern portion of the U.S. 50 North Vernon Bypass is now available for public review at www.in.gov/indot/projects/2429.htm. The document highlights changes since the public meeting held in September 2012 and includes an analysis of the alternatives.

Comments may also be submitted by Jan. 3, 2014, via fax at 317-616-1033, e-mail to daniel.prevost@parsons.com or mail to U.S. 50 North Vernon Bypass — East Project, c/o Parsons, 101 West Ohio St., Suite 2121, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you have a disability for which the Indiana Department of Transportation would need to provide accommodations pertaining to the accessibility to project documents and participation at the public hearing venue, please contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at 317-232-6601 rclark@indot.in.gov. Persons or organizations representing persons of Limited English Proficiency requiring assistance pertaining to accessing project documents and/or participating at the public hearing venue, are encouraged to also contact the INDOT Office of Public Involvement.