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NIRPC to hold public meetings on proposed change to Indiana 49 project

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The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is inviting folks to comment on two proposed changes to the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP), one of them affecting Ind. 49 in Duneland.

Both items will be subject to a 30-day public comment period, starting Feb. 3 and ending March 5.

The first proposed change would eliminate from the 2040 CRP a scheduled lane closure on northbound Ind. 49 between the U.S. Highway 20 overpass and the U.S. Highway 12 overpass.

Chesterton Town Council Member Jim Ton, R-1st--and the town’s representative on NIRPC--told the Chesterton Tribune that the Town of Porter had originally prevailed on NIRPC to replace the right northbound lane on that stretch of Ind. 49 with the Dunes-Kankakee Trail, from Indiana Dunes State Park as far south as the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center.

The Indiana Department of Transportation objected to that closure, however, and informed the Town of Porter that should it be put into effect, the town would have to assume responsibility for the maintenance of that stretch of Ind. 49. The Town of Porter subsequently withdrew its support of that lane closure, Ton said.

Meanwhile, the second proposed change to the 2040 CRP is addition of the expansion of I-65 from U.S. Highway 231 to Ind. 2 and new Cline Ave. bridge.

Two public meetings will be held on these two items:

* From 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 18, at the Merrillville town hall, 7820 Broadway.

* From 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 19, at the Main Branch of the East Chicago Public Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive.

Comments received at these meetings will be responded to and included in a public-comment report, with the other comments and responses from the 30-day comment period. That report will be distributed to NIRPC’s Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) and to the full commission. Action is anticipated at the TPC’s April 8 meeting and the full commission’s April 17 meeting.

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Posted 1/20/2014