• State relinquishes control of SR 267 to local agencies

    October 11, 2013 No comments

    After several years of negotiations, the Town of Brownsburg has entered into an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation to gain control over State Road 267. INDOT’s agreement also gives the Town of Avon and the Hendricks County Commissioners control over sections of the road. The agreement was approved last night by the Brownsburg Town Council and by the Hendricks County Commissioners earlier this week. It goes into effect immediately.

    Brownsburg is now responsible for a 4.34-mile section of SR 267 from its corporate limits on the south near County Road 200 North to County Road 700 North. This section represents 10.74 lane miles and adds three additional traffic signals to the Town’s maintenance responsibility.  INDOT will compensate the Town $250,000 in a lump sum payment.  The Town intends to use these funds for the planning and design of improvements to the section from 56th Street (CR 600 North) to US 136 (Main Street).  Those design plans will begin in earnest over the next few months, starting with various stakeholder meetings with business and home owners along the section as well as input from the Town Council, Redevelopment Commission and the general public.

    Brownsburg Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said, “The Town considers improvements and developments on State Road 267 a high priority, but the State has for some time made it clear that the road was not a priority for INDOT, choosing instead to focus on the new Ronald Reagan Parkway interchange with I-74. Gaining control over the road will allow the Town to make much-needed improvements to help traffic flow, improve safety, add aesthetic and gateway elements and spur the economic development of a new downtown Brownsburg as envisioned by the recently completed Comprehensive Plan.”

    Town Council President Gary Hood added, “If the Town wishes to see State Road 267 become a more useful and functional part of our community that will further economic development, it is clear that the Town has to step up and accept this road and get to work.”

    Town leaders’ vision for the community’s primary north-south artery could include a modified 3-lane road with a median, dedicated bike lanes, multi-use trails, decorative lighting and landscaping to create a “complete street.” The Town has applied for a $3.2 million Highway Safety Improvement grant to help fund the improvements and plans to utilize Tax Increment Financing to fund the remainder.

    The Town also has recently approved several commercial and multi-family developments on south SR 267 near the Heritage Hills Legacy apartments. The West Wynne Farms development, being developed by Site Solutions Group, LLC, will bring multi-family apartments, senior condominiums, single family residences, a potential grocery store and other related retail to the area where the Town is currently constructing a new segment of Northfield Drive connecting SR 267 to Hornaday Road to the east.

    This segment of SR 267 will be the next priority as the Town desires to create a new gateway entrance to the community on the south that sets us apart from our neighbors and improves access and the image of the Town.  There is no confirmed time frame for improvements to this section, but as development occurs, the Town will monitor traffic flow closely and be prepared to act when necessary.

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