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1 I 65 Added Travel Lanes Project Clark County Ivy Tech Community College Thursday, March 12, 2015

2 Welcome Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement Purpose/explanation of public hearing Public hearing format Visit our sign-in table Informational handouts Submitting public comments for hearings transcript Project display area

3 Welcome Introduction of INDOT project officials Project Management Design Real Estate Public Involvement Michael Baker Jr., Inc. Design & Environmental Team Recognition of elected and local public officials

4 Public Hearing Legal notice published in News & Tribune Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Announcement of hearing was posted to INDOT website along with media release. Mailing list Sign-in at attendance table to be added to project mailing list

5 Project Stakeholders Indiana Department of Transportation Indiana Division Federal Highway Administration Clark County City of Sellersburg Local communities Elected public officials Community residents and citizens Commuters Emergency services

6 Engineering Assessment Environmental phase begins Purpose & need Develop alternatives Preliminary design phase Release environmental document for public review and comment Right-of-Way acquisition phase Construction Project Development Process Public Hearing

7 Environmental 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 environments Impacts are described in environmental document Environmental document for this project Categorical Exclusion (CE) Level 3 was released for public involvement in February 2015

8 Environmental Document Purpose and need Develop a number of possible alternatives The “Do Nothing” alternative is a baseline for comparison Screen alternatives to identify a preferred alternative Solicit public comment on environmental document and preliminary design plan Solicit, address, and fully consider public comment as part of decision making process

9 Elements of the Environmental Documentation Right of Way Community Impacts Air Quality Wetlands and Waterways Noise Floodplains Endangered Species Environmental Justice Cultural Resources Public Involvement Environmental Documentation

10 Waterway Permits will be required Minimal Impacts to the Floodplains Additional Noise Wall installation not warranted Real estate acquisition Noteworthy Environmental findings

11 Noise Study

12 Environmental Documentation INDOT Seymour District Office Planning & Programming Department 185 Agrico Lane Seymour, IN 47274 877-305-7611; INDOT Office of Public Involvement Indiana Government Center North, Room N642 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 232-6601; Sellersburg Library 430 North Indiana Avenue, Sellersburg, IN 47172 Phone # (812) 246-4493

13 I 65 ATL Project in Clark County Purpose The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a safe and efficient interstate transportation facility. Need Existing safety issues Anticipated traffic Traffic capacity Indiana Legislature’s 2020 Trust Fund Capitol Program

14 PROJECT LOCATION I 65 ATL Project in Clark County

15 Alternatives considered The proposed project will construct additional travel lanes from approximately 1 mile N of SR 60 to approximately 3 miles S of SR 160 in the form of median travel lanes to provide three 12 foot travel lanes in each direction Do Nothing Alternative I 65 ATL Project in Clark County

16 Project Features Additional Travel Lanes Pavement Replacement Bridges Widened Culverts Lined or Replaced Re-establish Limited Access R/W I 65 ATL Project in Clark County

17 Additional travel lanes Added from median Three 12ft travel lanes in each direction 8ft paved inside shoulder 12ft paved outside shoulder Double-sided guardrail will be installed I 65 ATL Project in Clark County

18 Bridge widening activities NB and SB bridge over Old SR 311 NB and SB over Perry Crossing NB and SB bridges over Memphis Road NB and SB over Muddy Fork Three 12ft lanes with 10ft or wider inside/outside shoulders in each direction No structure/bridge work at St. Joe Road, NB & SB over Elk Run, Ebenezer Church Road I 65 ATL Project in Clark County

19 Traffic Maintenance Entrance Ramp Closures At Old SR 311 Signed State Detour Local Traffic I 65 ATL Project in Clark County I 65 Old SR 311

20 Real Estate Acquisition Process uniform_act/acquisition/real_property.cfm publications/your_rights/

21 Real Estate Acquisition Process "Uniform Act of 1970" All federal, state and local governments must comply Requires an offer for just compensation Acquisition Process Appraisals Review Appraisals Negotiations INDOT Real Estate Team to work with impacted property owners

22 I 65 ATL Project in Clark County Right-of-way Permanent R/W: Approximately 1 acre Residential Temporary R/W: 0.4 acre Grading Structure Replacement 1 Relocation

23 Project Schedule Public Hearing: March 2015 Environmental Document finalized: April 2015 Real Estate Acquisition activities: 2015 - 2016 Appraising Negotiations/Buying Utilities coordination/Relocation Construction: 2015-2017

24 Feedback INDOT would like to hear from you Talk with INDOT project team members Comment sheet in information packet E-mail or mail comments to INDOT Sign-in list to be added to project mailing list Visit INDOT Seymour District page at All comments are very much appreciated and will be given full consideration by project team

25 Submit Public Comments Submit public comments using the options described in first page of information packet: Public Comment Form Via e-mail Participating during public comment session via microphone Verbal comments recorded and transcribed for inclusion into public hearings transcript INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted by Friday, March 27, 2015. All comments submitted will become part of public record, entered into transcript, reviewed, evaluated and given full consideration during decision making process.

26 Next Steps Public and project stakeholder input Submit comments via options described in information packet INDOT review and evaluation All comments are given full consideration during decision-making process Address comments, finalize/approve environmental document, complete project design Communicate a decision INDOT will notify via mailing list of decision Work through local media outlets and legal notice Make project documents accessible via repositories Questions? Contact Project Team

27 Public Involvement Team Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement (317) 232-6601 Glenda Seal, INDOT Seymour District Customer Service Center (877) 305-7611

28 Thank You Please visit with INDOT project officials following the public comment session Project Open House Project maps, displays, real estate acquisition table, INDOT project officials and informal Q & A

29 Public Comment Session

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