BROWNSBURG — Hendricks County’s long-awaited final section of Ronald Reagan Parkway is now one step closer to construction with a federal funding award of $10.1 million approved by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) policy committee.
The Town of Brownsburg partnered with Hendricks County on the funding request to build the new roadway from County Road 300 North to the existing Ronald Reagan Parkway interchange at Interstate 74, making the connection just north of U.S. 136.
Construction costs total just more than $20.2 million, half of which will be funded with the Urban Surface Transportation Program funds. Brownsburg will contribute $7.4 million and Hendricks County will fund $2.7 million of the costs to complete construction of the last leg of the county’s major north-south connector.
Planning of Ronald Reagan Parkway started in the mid-1980s to connect I-70 and the Indianapolis International Airport on the south to I-74 and beyond on the north. Hendricks County and local governments designed the 12-mile section of roadway to provide connectivity between the towns of Plainfield, Avon, and Brownsburg as well as to create opportunities for new economic development.
Construction of the first mile, from U.S. 36 to C.R. 100 N., was completed in 1996. The critical one-mile section crossing the CSX railroad south of U.S. 36 in Avon opened last December.
The goal is to eventually connect I-65 at the southern end of Boone County to I-70 in Hendricks County.
Design is nearly complete and right of way has been acquired for the remaining 1.7-mile section in Brownsburg that will include a grade-separated bridge over the CSX rail line that parallels U.S. 136 and a bridge over U.S. 136. The road construction is among the federal high priority fund projects on the FY 2014 to 2017 Indianapolis Regional Transportation Improvement Program (IRTIP). The IRTIP provides a coordinated transportation system in the area by ensuring that the limited federal funds available are spent on projects that provide the greatest benefit. With final MPO approval expected next month, construction letting could be as early as mid-2015.