Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Interchange Project at US 31 and 236th Street in Hamilton County, Indiana, on March 8, 2021. INDOT and FHWA published the EA for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance.
Those who want to review a printed copy may do so at:
- Sheridan Public Library – 103 W 1st Street, Sheridan, IN 46069
- Hamilton North Public Library – 209 W. Brinton Street, Cicero, IN 46034
- Crawford, Murphy & Tilly’s (CMT) office – 8790 Purdue Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268
- INDOT Greenfield District – 32 S. Broadway Street, Greenfield, IN 46140
Preliminary Preferred Alternative: Alternative 1
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The proposed project will include the construction of an interchange at US 31 and 236th Street. The project will grade separate 236th Street over US 31 in a tight diamond configuration. US 31 will remain at the same elevation. The ramp terminals will be single-lane roundabouts with single lane exits. The proposed project will provide free flow operations for US 31 through the corridor and will maintain corridor consistency with most other interchanges on US 31 in Hamilton County, providing driver familiarity.
The project has minimized other impacts to the extent practicable, including right of way, wetlands, streams, floodplains, Section 4(f) and cultural resources. The EA documents project impacts – including public and agency involvement – and documents any mitigation commitments for the project.
The tentative timeline for this project moving forward is:
Public Hearing and Virtual Public Meeting
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, INDOT will host two events: one virtual public meeting and one in-person public hearing. The formal presentations will be identical, and both provide an opportunity for the public to provide testimony about the EA.
The virtual public meeting will be hosted on Microsoft Teams on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6 p.m. For the virtual meeting information, including a call-in number, residents should email US31Interchange@cmtengr.com or call (317) 983-3242. Anyone who would like the presentation and/or handouts mailed to them may also email US31Interchange@cmtengr.com or call (317) 983-3242.
An in-person public hearing will be hosted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sheridan Community Center, 300 E. 6th Street, Sheridan, IN 46069. The presentation at 6 p.m. will be followed by a formal public comment session. There will be displays and representatives available to answer residents’ questions throughout the hearing.
The public hearing will follow Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) guidance for health and safety protocols. Project team members will wear face masks and/or coverings and attendees are encouraged to do so. Face masks, hand sanitizer and access to hand washing facilities will be provided. Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to, including monitoring the number of attendees participating to comply with local regulations.
Attendees may make a public comment at the hearing, provide verbal comments to a court reporter, or may return or mail a comment form available at the public hearings and online. In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and with advance notice, INDOT can provide accommodation for persons with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services such as sign language interpretation, large print materials and/or other related services. If you are an individual with a disability or represent an ADA stakeholder group and require accommodation related to participating at the public open house, you are encouraged to contact Erin Pipkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 966-7301.
In addition to providing written or verbal comments at the public hearings, the public may submit comments on the EA through April 15, 2021 via:
- Email to US31Interchange@cmtengr.com
- Mail to CMT’s office at 8790 Purdue Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268
A telephone line with voice mailbox at (317) 983-3242
The public comment period for the EA began on March 8, 2021, and will end on April 15, 2021. INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted utilizing the options noted above by April 15, 2021.
Adam Burns, project manager
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly