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February 15, 2013

Clark could save up to $1.5M on Star Hill Road

A few buildings, trash piles still need attention in tornado aftermath

JEFFERSONVILLE — If the Clark County Commissioners decide to take up MAC Construction, the county could stand to save up to $1.5 million on the construction of Star Hill Road, which will connect Borden and Starlight. 

MAC’s proposal calls for a re-evaluation of the construction plan for the road, which could reduce the cost of the project by up to $3 million, the company claims. Given maximum savings, the county would receive $1.5 million in construction credits from the Indiana Department of Transportation. MAC construction would earn the other half of the savings in cash. Strand Associates Inc. of Louisville did the initial design.

The commissioners authorized board President Jack Coffman to meet with MAC to discuss the proposal further and give the commissioners’ response. The hiring of MAC to do the cost-reduction analysis would add a cost of $175,000 to the project. The commissioners would not be under any obligation to accept the proposed changes that come from the cost-reduction analysis.

“It would be stupid to approve [the analysis] and not accept the plan at the end,” Commissioner Rick Stephenson said. 

The total cost of the construction of Star Hill Road currently stands at $13.7 million. The project is being paid 80 percent by INDOT, with the balance paid by the county. INDOT construction credits can be used by the county on projects where there is an 80-20 split of the costs between INDOT and the county, respectively. 

Coffman will meet with MAC Construction representatives to discuss the company’s plan further and give the commissioners’ answer by noon Monday.



Nearly a year after a tornado ripped through Henryville, Marysville, New Washington and other parts of Southern Indiana, remnants of the storm still remain. 

Clark County Building Commissioner and Enforcement Officer Tony Semones told the commissioners that 15 houses and one commercial building still have “moderate or severe” damage that needs to be address, while 12 piles of trash and debris are still scattered throughout the county and are in need of attention.

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