More study was approved for the CR 200N road rebuilding project at Tuesday’s joint county council and commissioners meeting. There seemed to be at least some support for the concept of the project, but there was a lack of support for one of the three options or of a way to finance the project.
A committee of Commissioner Larry Miller, Councilmen Ryan Riegsecker and Charles Ashcraft, and Highway Superin-tendent Jeff Brill will study the issue and report back to the joint government body.
Three options have been submitted. Option 1 is for the rebuilding of 1.7 miles of road from about CR 450W to CR 625W which will level off some hills, straighten out a curve in the road and provide a 3 ft. wide bicycle path at a projected cost of $3.472 million.
Option 2 is for the rebuilding of 1.7 miles of roadway from about CR 450W to CR 625W which will level off some hills, straighten out a curve in the road, and provide for a 1 ft. berm at a projected cost of $3.188 million.
Option 3 is for the rebuilding of about 0.8 miles of roadway in front of PalletOne which will level out some hills and provide a 3 ft. bicycle lane at a projected cost of $1.9 million.
All of the costs presented include some $2.4 million for construction costs plus the additional costs of engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and the moving of utilities.
County Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill reported that the people who attended the public information meeting held recently were fairly divided between options 1 and 2, possibly leaning toward option 2.
The sticking point seemed to be on a method of funding. A possible bond issue tied to County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) of up to $2 million was discussed. The possibility of funding the bond with Major Moves money was placed on the table as a possibility. Another option discussed was financing the project through Major Moves dollars or a combination of the two options.