“Counties really need to get ready for this before Indianapolis walks in and says ‘This is how we’re doing it,’” he said.
Besides the highway plan, commissioners said they also want to update the county’s comprehensive plan that maps long-term goals in areas like land use, education, health and recreation.
Commissioner Josh Francis said the comprehensive plan hasn’t been updated since 2003, and the state recommends updating it every five years.
He said the county’s U.S. 31 strategic plan would be incorporated into the new comprehensive plan.
“With all the changes that have happened, we’re looking at doing some major work on it to make sure it’s in place for this,” Francis said.
Although no timeline has been set for changes to U.S. 31 in Miami County, council president Ralph Duckwall said local officials need to be ready when it does come, and now is the time to prepare.
“What’s going to happen to U.S. 31 has been batted back and forth for 20 years,” he said. “ … But we need to be prepared for whatever eventually happens so that we have plenty of overpasses and as many interchanges as we can get.”