Zionsville Times Sentinel

December 18, 2013

Divided county council backs Whitestown bypass plan

By Rod Rose For the Times Sentinel
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Only four Boone County Council members on Tuesday, Dec. 10, endorsed a "letter of commitment" guaranteeing funding for a proposed road that would connect Albert S. White Boulevard (CR 400 S) with CR 300 S in Whitestown. The route has been informally called the "Whitestown bypass."

After debating whether Whitestown should pay for some or all of the project, council members David Rodgers, Gene Thompson, Debby Shubert and Steve Jacob voted for the commitment letter.

"This should be a Whitestown project," council member Marcia Wilhoite said, because the road will be within the town's boundaries.

County Commissioner Jeff Wolfe said: "We see this as a county project, as an economic driver. At some point in time it will be a Whitestown road."

Shubert asked Wolfe, "What if we don't do this?"

Wolfe said: "Then the project won't happen. We have bottlenecks in downtown Whitestown; we have bottlenecks on the interstate."

Councilman Brent Wheat said, "We have to proceed as if Whitestown won't give us a dime."

Wolfe replied, "That's correct."

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.