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January 23, 2010

Transportation talk

More than 50 people attend informational meeting

BURROWS — Local residents gathered in Burrows last week to discuss details of the Hoosier Heartland.

Among those wanting to learn more was Dean Berkshire, a rural Burrows resident who often travels the Carroll County roads that will undergo major changes once the new highway is built. A couple of specifics about the project surprised him.

Berkshire learned that construction would not begin in the Burrows area until the spring of 2012.

“I thought it was going to be sooner than that,” he said after the meeting.

The $5.5 million for the approach for a future connection with Ind. 75 also surprised Berkshire.

Last year, the Indiana Department of Transportation agreed to include the connection after negotiations with Carroll County officials, who intend on extending the highway from Camden to the new four-lane highway between Rockfield and Burrows.

Other concerns addressed at the meeting included the loss of all access points between Burrows and Clymers and how many more seasons farmers losing land to the highway would be able to plant crops. Some also had questions regarding the appraisal process.

Berkshire said he considered the meeting beneficial. Many people still do not have a full grasp of the project but meetings like those organized by the strategic planning group Carroll County at the Crossroads help to bridge the gap, he said.

“All in all, I thought it was a pretty good meeting,” Berkshire said.

INDOT has reported that the four-lane highway will be the size of U.S. 31. It will be limited access, which means many county roads that now cross Ind. 25 will become either dead-end roads or overpasses. Burrows and Rockfield will each have two exits from the highway.

Berkshire drives 900 North into Burrows and 225 West into Rockfield regularly but since both will tie into the highway, the changes will not affect him much, he says.

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