One Central Indiana community is trying to take its traffic troubles into its own hands.
Brownsburg, Ind. held a town hall meeting to talk about ways to improve State Road 267 and possibly ask the Indiana Department of Transportation if the town can take control over that section of roadway.
The major improvements would be widening the road, adding drainage gutters and storm drains and possibly diverting semi traffic.
It is all in the hopes of improving safety and spurring business development.
City leaders are trying to work with INDOT for improvements. However, leaders asked Brownsburg residents what they would be willing to pay if Brownsburg took control of that chunk of the road.
“People in Brownsburg had questions about putting Brownsburg derived tax funds into a state highway,” said Rick Bolt, Brownsburg resident. “People view that as being INDOT’s responsibility. INDOT has been slow to respond as you can tell from the roadway out here. Nothing’s been done out here since 1934 in some particular sections, but the town wants to have a spot at the table where they can do that."
The town hired an engineering company to draw up the basic proposal of costs by the end of June, which is when town leaders plan to meet with INDOT and come up with a plan.
Brownsburg proposes plans improvements for State Road 267
The problem area is south of 1-74, where 267 runs through Brownsburg, called Green Street. It is just two lanes, which causes traffic backups.
State Road 267 (June 5, 2012)