State Road 23 Construction Begins

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Drivers on state road 23 near granger say their commute is a headache.

“Lots of traffic back ups when people are turning left. It’s a hazard!” driver Jennifer Hess says.

“It’s very congested, I think its an area that’s dangerous,” Karen Frederick says of state road 23.

But relief is coming soon, in the form of Governor Daniels' “Major Moves” plan, and a $9M reconstruction project.

Ground on the project was officially broken Wednesday, amid high hopes from the plans commissioner.

”I hope it will be convenient to motorists but also I hope very conducive to a growing economy along this very promising corridor,” Daniels says.

Posts along the roadside are a sign that preparation for the project has already began, and they’re a welcome sight for some people who weren't sure that the project would actually ever happen.

”Somebody in 1990 said we should widen 23 and extend it and put it on the books of the state and it sat there, because nobody had a plan. We're in motion now,” Governor Daniels explains.

The project may finally be in motion, but will your wheels keep rolling during construction?
Some say before it gets better, it’s bound to get worse.

“They can expect that they'll always be able to travel both ways, on the road, but they're will be inconvenience,” Gene Yarkie of Rieth-Riley Construction explains.

But drivers are looking down the road, hoping a temporary "detour" will mean smooth and safe travels in the future.

”Sometimes you've got to pay up front and sacrifice to make things better for the future,” driver, Terry Terrill says.

Jennifer Hess says she things the construction will be worth it, “because the end result is going to be wonderful.

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