BROWNSBURG — At Thursday’s meeting, the town council here voted to approve the transfer memorandum of agreement for portions of State Road 267 from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).
Also included in the memorandum is the Town of Avon and Hendricks County.
The three municipalities will be paid to take control of S.R. 267, making it a county road, and will be tasked with paving portions and maintaining the road going forward.
Brownsburg will now be responsible for a 4.3 mile portion of S.R. 267, which runs for the town’s corporate limits in the south near County Road 200 North to C.R. 700 N.
The town will receive $250,000 from INDOT in a lump sum payment. According to information from the town, it intends to use the money for the planning and design of improvements to the section from 56th Street to U.S. 136. The plans will begin in the next few months, starting with stakeholder meetings with business and home owners in the area, along with input from the council, the redevelopment commission, and the public.
Brownsburg Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said this project is important to the town.
“The town considers improvements and developments on S.R. 267 a high priority, but the state has for some time made it clear that the road was not a priority for INDOT, choosing instead to focus on the new Ronald Reagan Parkway interchange with I-74,” Kleinhenz said. “Gaining control over the road will allow the town to make much-needed improvements to help traffic flow, improve safety, add aesthetic and gateway elements, and spur the economic development of a new downtown Brownsburg as envisioned by the recently completed Comprehensive Plan.”
Based on the agreement for the other municipalities, Avon will receive 2.48 miles, while the county receives 2.83 center lane miles, which is the total length of the road on both sides.