Three options were presented on the CR 200N project at a joint meeting of the LaGrange County Council and LaGrange County Commissioners Wednesday morning. Cost estimates were between $1.9 million and $3.47 million.
Option #1, the most costly at $3.47 million, includes the stretch of road from CR 625W to CR 450W, approximately 1.7 miles. This will address the curve at the Clay-Newbury Township correction as well as the hills and valleys in front of Pallet One. The curve will be made more gradual and the hills knocked down and the valleys filled in to improve visibility in the area.
Basically, the road will be widened to include an 11 ft. travel portion plus a 3 ft. bicycle lane on each side of the road.
Option #2, at an estimated cost of $3.18 million, will do the same as option #1 except to leave off the 3 ft. bicycle lanes.
Option #3 will focus on the hills and valley in front of Pallet One, a distance of 0.81 miles. Estimated cost of this option is $1.9 million.
Engineers from the South Bend engineering firm American Structurepoint said that their estimates assumed a cost factor of $10,000 an acre for right-of-way purchases and will increase the right-of-way to 50 ft. for the entire section of road in all of their options.
LaGrange County Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill said that the project needs to be done. “We need these bicycle lanes for the safety of our residents, not only for this stretch of road but for all of CR 200N,” he stated.
Council members remarked that that both option #1 and #3 would seem logical. The project could be funded through Major Moves money or from proceeds of general obligation bonds.
A meeting will be held with residents of the area to determine if there is enough interest in the project to donate right-of-way easements. It is expected the meeting will be held within 30 days or less.