Following several hours of investigation, the Indiana State Police have released additional information about the fatal accident involving an Eastern Pulaski Community School bus that occurred on U.S. 31 Wednesday morning. The collision reportedly claimed the life of a teenage boy.
At the time of the crash, the bus was occupied by 38 eighth grade students and three chaperones that were on the way to see a Christmas musical in Warsaw. Continue reading →
The City of Knox was awarded $346,138.07 in the most recent round of INDOT’s Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.
When City Council members met earlier this month, Mayor Dennis Estok indicated they were fortunate to be a recipient this year since about 444 communities applied and only 283 were awarded funds. Continue reading →
Hamlet officials are demanding answers from INDOT, after a U.S. 30 construction project has led to a spike in accidents. During Wednesday’s town council meeting, Council President Dave Kesvormas complained that the town wasn’t told about the work ahead of time. “Legally, technically, U.S. 30 goes through town because that parcel on the northeast side of 30 is our parcel, so 30 goes through,” he explained. “The state didn’t contact us, nor did the contractor, and yet, we’ve had all these series of accidents.”
Knox Street Superintendent Jeff Borg told the Knox Board of Works members on Wednesday morning that applications have been submitted to INDOT for consideration for the 2018 fall Community Crossings call for projects.
The Pulaski County Commissioners have finalized their bridge inspection agreement with United Consulting. They unanimously approved the contract for the 2018-through-2021 bridge inspection cycle last week.
Starting today, Culver residents and commuters should be prepared for an ongoing road closure on State Road 17.
The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that State Road 17 in Marshall County will be closed between State Road 8 and State Road 10 as crews perform chip sealing operations. The work will begin today and that section of road is expected to reopen by the end of the day on Friday, June 22. Continue reading →
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler is working on applications for the 2018 Community Crossings program.
He told the Starke County Commissioners last week that the applications may be turned in starting Monday, Aug. 6. The Bridge #154 replacement project will be among the projects included along with several others, according to Ritzler.
“We’re going to do the intersection improvement at Bass Lake County Road 210 and old State Road 10/600 South,” said Ritzler. “We’re going to make that a safer intersection. We’re going to make that a T-intersection and make a continuous loop around the lake. We also won’t allow trucks once that becomes a T-intersection. We’re going to do five miles of hot mix roads. I’m doing a list now. We’re doing traffic counts and accident counts right now. We’ll have that for you next month.”
A fourth project will also be included, although Ritzler said it may be outside of what would be awarded.
“It’s always good to put a few more applications in. We’re putting in a bridge rehab project on Bridge #137. That’s the one on 300 E. in the industrial park. It needs some work so we’re going to include that.”
The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 28.
Ritzler noted that beginning in January, INDOT will award projects twice a year with applications due in January and July.
The Starke County Commissioners will receive an update from County Attorney Marty Lucas about the state statute governing loose dogs and dog bites. Commissioner Kathy Norem brought the idea of updating the county’s ordinance on loose dogs at a meeting in April after receiving several calls about unrestrained, vicious dogs.
Drivers can expect a portion of State Road 8 to remain closed at least through the summer. The Indiana Department of Transportation says significant repairs are needed to the stretch of State Road 8 between U.S. 421 and State Road 39, following damage from February’s floods.
Pulaski County’s bridge inspection costs are going up. Last week, Jeff Larrison with United Consulting presented the county commissioners with a draft agreement for the 2018-through-2021 bridge inspection cycle.