BROWNSBURG — At its meeting Thursday, the town council here accepted the design engineering contract for the State Road 267 Improvement Project, which will run from from 56th Street to U.S. 136.
The engineering contract is with VS Engineering, an Indianapolis engineering consulting firm.
Per the project agreement, which was approved at the Oct. 10 meeting, Brownsburg will be responsible for a 4.3-mile stretch of S.R. 267, which runs from the town’s corporate limits on the south near County Road 200 North to C.R. 700 N.
The town will receive $250,000 from the Indiana Department of Transportation 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.
Originally, the council was supposed to take action on the contract at the last meeting, but had to hold off as it waited for Avon and Hendricks County to resolve issues with the S.R. 267 relinquishment agreement.
“Those (issues) have since been taken care of,” Brownsburg Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said. “That document has been signed and delivered to the state for their final signature and approval and we hope to get those agreements back shortly.”
Kleinhenz said this project is important to the town.
“We feel this is our first priority project that needs to be accomplished on (S.R.) 267,” he said. “It’s the gateway to our downtown, it carries a lot of traffic now, and it is severely undercapable of doing so.”
Kleinhenz said one reason VS Engineering was chosen was because they have worked with the town on past projects.
“They’ve helped us along the way with different concept designs and budget estimates — those kinds of things,” he said. “They also helped us with the Highway Safety Improvement Program grant application that was approved to be funded by INDOT … last month and will be ratified at their December meeting. We have chosen them to conduct the project. Their fee for the project is roughly $666,000 for the $6.3 million project, which includes rightaway engineering, staking construction, observation design, ect.”
Kleinhenz said there will be opportunities for the public to voice their opinions.
“We are planning on holding two to three public meetings,” he said. “One of those will be an initial stakeholder meeting. We will actually send letters to all affected property owners along that stretch of road. (We’ll be) meeting with them first to listen to their concerns, then we plan on having an open public meeting and then probably a final third meeting once we have a good feel for what we are trying to accomplish.”
Kleinhenz said the plan is to get the meetings scheduled as soon as possible.
“My goal is to make sure everyone has an opportunity to have their voice heard on that project because I believe it’s an important project for the town,” he said. “We are moving forward on that and once this is approved, that first initial stakeholder meeting will be held within the next couple of months, probably not around the holidays, but shortly after.”
The motion to approve the contract was made by council member Dave Richardson, seconded by council member Ashley Hobbs, and passed unanimously.