Presentation on theme: "U.S. 31 & S.R. 28 Interchange Project"— Presentation transcript:
1U.S. 31 & S.R. 28 Interchange Project Tipton County FoundationWednesday, February 11, 2015
2Welcome Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement Purpose/explanation of public hearingPublic hearing formatVisit our sign-in tableInformational handoutsSubmitting public comments for hearings transcriptProject display area
3Welcome Introduction of INDOT project officials URS Project ManagementDesignReal EstatePublic InvolvementURSDesign & Environmental TeamRecognition of elected and local public officials
4Public HearingSign-in at attendance table to be added to project mailing list.A public hearing notice was mailed to known property owners within project area.Announcement of this hearing was posted to INDOT website. A media release was also issued.Legal notice publishing:Tipton County TribuneTuesday, January 27, 2015Tuesday, February 3, 2015
5Project Stakeholders Indiana Department of Transportation Indiana Division Federal Highway AdministrationTipton CountyCity of TiptonLocal communitiesElected public officialsCommunity residents and citizensCommutersChrysler CorporationEmergency services
6Project Development Process Engineering AssessmentEnvironmental phase beginsPurpose & needDevelop alternativesPreliminary design phaseRelease environmental document for public review and commentRight-of-Way acquisition phaseConstructionPublic Hearing6
7Environmental Document Requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)Requires INDOT to analyze and evaluate the impacts of a proposed project to the natural and socio-economic environmentsImpacts are described in environmental documentCategorical Exclusion (CE), Level 3Environmental document was released for public involvement in January 2015
8Environmental Document Purpose and needDevelop a number of possible alternativesThe “Do Nothing” alternative is a baseline for comparisonScreen alternatives to identify a preferred alternativeSolicit public comment on environmental document and preliminary design planSolicit, address and fully consider public comment as part of decision making process
9Elements of the Environmental Documentation Real EstateCommunity ImpactsAir QualityWetlands and WaterwaysNoiseFloodplainsFarmlandEndangered SpeciesHazardous MaterialsEnvironmental JusticeHistoric/ArchaeologicalCultural ResourcesPublic Involvement
10Environmental Documentation Noteworthy Environmental Document findings0.39 acre of Wetland Impacts0.044 acre will require mitigation on site.No impacts to Jurisdictional Streams (Waters of the U.S.)No impacts to Tucker CemeteryAdverse impact to one potentially eligible Archaeological site in NW QuadrantMemorandum of Agreement with INDOT/FHWA/SHPO dated 1/9/15.
11Environmental Documentation Noteworthy Environmental Document findings (Cont.)Low levels of soil and groundwater contamination will be encountered during excavation at 4 sitesMinimal Impacts to the Floodplain of Dixon Creek8 Relocations (3 Residential, 5 Businesses)
12Environmental Documentation Categorical Exclusion Level 1 – Advanced AcquisitionsAllowed by MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century ActApproved December 2013 for 6 PropertiesAmended September 2014 for 5 Additional Properties
13Environmental Documentation INDOT Greenfield District OfficePlanning & Programming Department32 South BroadwayGreenfield, IN 46140(855) ;INDOT Office of Public InvolvementIndiana Government Center North, Room N642100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204(317) ;Tipton County Public Library127 East Madison StreetTipton, Indiana 46072Phone (765)
14U.S. 31 / S.R. 28 Interchange Project PurposeTo improve the safety and mobility on US 31 as a high-speed commerce corridor between Indianapolis and South Bend.NeedReduce the number and severity of crashesReduce travel times for expected traffic growthDeteriorating pavement conditionsSubstandard roadway geometryAverage Annual Daily Traffic (AADT)
16U.S. 31 / S.R. 28 Interchange Project Alternatives considered:#1 - Modified Diamond with SE Loop#2 - Tight Diamond with roundabout terminals#3 - Modified Diamond with NW Loop#4 - Two Quadrant Diamond with roundabout ramp terminals and direct Chrysler Transmission Plant connection#5 - Modified Diamond with roundabout terminals and direct Chrysler Transmission Plant connection#6 - Do-Nothing Alternative
19U.S. 31 / S.R. 28 Interchange Project Preferred Alternative: Alternative #5Supports local economic vision for the interchange as endorsed by the local public agencies.Meets current and forecast travel demand.Provides the most efficient means of travel along SR 28 & from the Chrysler Plant.Provides a high level of safety with the installation of roundabouts.Minimizes impacts to Tucker Cemetery in the southwest quadrant.Provides the most efficient and cost-effective means of maintaining traffic during construction.
20U.S. 31 / S.R. 28 Interchange Project Preferred Alternative:Alternative 5: Scored equal to or better than all other alternatives in all categories.
21U.S. 31 / S.R. 28 Interchange Project Project FeaturesS.R. 28 over U.S. 31New Concrete/Steel BridgeRoundabout IntersectionsNew Chrysler AccessLimited Access ROWSW Local Access RoadUtility RelocationsOn-site Detention Storage
22U.S. 31 / S.R. 28 Interchange Project West RoundaboutOperationsSingle Lane with Future ExpansionDesign to Accommodate Commercial Trucks / Ag EquipmentOverhead Lighting▲N
23U.S. 31 / S.R. 28 Interchange Project East RoundaboutOperationsSingle Lane with Future ExpansionDesign to Accommodate Commercial Trucks / Ag EquipmentOverhead Lighting▲N
24U.S. 31 / S.R. 28 Interchange Project Traffic MaintenanceA lot of work with short term lane / shoulder restrictions≈120 day S.R. 28 ClosureSigned State DetourLocal Traffic CR 560E North to Division Rd.
25U.S. 31 / S.R. 28 Interchange Project Estimated Cost$1.4 Million Engineering$5.0 Million ROW$8.4 Million Construction$14.8 Million Project
27Real Estate Acquisition Process "Uniform Act of 1970"All federal, state and local governments must complyRequires an offer for just compensationAcquisition ProcessAppraisalsReview AppraisalsNegotiationsINDOT Real Estate Team to work with impacted property owners
29Project Schedule Public Hearing: February 2015 Environmental Document finalized: March 2015Real Estate Acquisition activities:AppraisingNegotiations/BuyingUtilities coordination/RelocationConstruction:
30Feedback INDOT would like to hear from you Talk with INDOT project team membersComment sheet in information packetor mail comments to INDOTSign-in list to be added to project mailing listVisit INDOT Greenfield District page atAll comments are very much appreciated and will be given full consideration by project team
31Submit Public Comments Submit public comments using the options described in first page of information packet:Public Comment FormViaParticipating during public comment session via microphoneVerbal comments recorded and transcribed for inclusion into public hearings transcriptINDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted by Friday, February 27, 2015.All comments submitted will become part of public record, entered into transcript, reviewed, evaluated and given full consideration during decision making process.
32Next Steps Public and project stakeholder input Submit comments via options described on page 1 of information packetINDOT review and evaluationAll comments are given full consideration during decision-making processAddress comments, finalize/approve environmental document, complete project designCommunicate a decisionINDOT will notify persons on mailing list of decisionWork through local media outlets and paid legal noticeMake project documents accessible via repositoriesQuestions? Contact Public Involvement Team
33Public Involvement Team Rickie ClarkINDOT Office of Public Involvement(317)Nathan RiggsINDOT Greenfield District Office (855)
34Thank YouPlease visit with INDOT project officials following the public comment sessionProject Open HouseProject maps, displays, real estate acquisition table, INDOT project officials and informal Q & A