Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 9, 2014

County, Whitestown plan partnership for bypass project

By Rod Rose For the Times Sentinel
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Whitestown officials are to review tonight an agreement under which the town would contribute about $1 million to help construct a bypass of the community’s original boundaries.

Called the Whitestown Bypass, the road would connect CR 400 S and CR 300 S via two sweeping S-curves over what is now farmland.

Boone County Commissioner Jeff Wolfe announced the agreement Monday, April 7. He and County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney have met with Whitestown officials, Wolfe said.

Whitestown’s contribution will be used for right of way purchases, and to meet a local 20 percent match of federal grants for the project, Carney said.

American Structurepoint has been chosen as the engineering firm to design the bypass, Carney said; he will now begin negotiations with the company over the project contract.

The $4.7 million project has several goals, including reducing traffic congestion and improving access to the community.

Carney said the county is also considering a similar agreement when CR 650 S is improved between Indianapolis Road to Indiana 267 and the Ronald Reagan Parkway. First projected by Tom Kouns when he was highway superintendent, the CR 650 S plan is to upgrade the road to a “super two” highway, with two 12-foot-wide travel lanes and shoulders between four and eight feet wide, Carney said.

Once the Ronald Reagan Parkway is built, Carney said, traffic volume over CR 650 S will likely increase as drivers use it to reach Interstate 65.

Developing the agreements “would be good practice for the future,” when other communities seek to work with the county on road projects, Wolfe said.“We sat down with the county and had a great meeting,” Whitestown Town Manager Dax Norton said. “We’re going to try to be as good of partners as possible.”