Money for the new intersection can be raised through a TIF district, Norton said. The RDC took no action on the issue Monday.
More details will emerge in the next two weeks, Norton said.
New businesses could come to the area after the intersection is built, he added.“There’s a major retail project that could possibly say yes to the area, but they are not going to say yes unless that road is realigned,” Norton told the RDC. A “pretty major project” on the south side of Whitestown Parkway, in Zionsville, is also possible with the realignment, he said.
Wednesday, Norton said the realignment and the bypass “should, hopefully, alleviate a majority of the headache from the congestion” that develops in November and December when the Amazon distribution center in Anson increases its staff from 2,000 workers to 5,000. “You’ll have multiple access points to go east, west, north and south,” Norton said.
In a news release, Indiana Department of Transportation officials said the $4,670,240 awarded to Boone County for the bypass was among $86 million in federal transportation funds for road, bridge and bicycle and pedestrian trails. Hendricks County received $1.075 million to replace a bridge over the west fork of Big Walnut Creek and $1.928 million to extend the National Road Heritage Trail. Crawfordsville received $880,000 for the Sugar Creek Trail, while Frankfort was awarded $2.565 million to rebuild Washington Avenue.