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Highway elevation prompts concerns

October 2, 2013

    An Indiana Department of Transportation plan to elevate U.S. 224 in the area at the Bellmont High School entrance to a short distance south of the East Monroe Street intersection continues to raise concerns among some residents.
    Brad McBride, owner-operator of McBride & Son Welding  at the intersection of Jackson Street and U.S. 224, was on hand for Tuesday night’s Decatur City Council meeting, along with three other men, to discuss the matter.
    McBride asked when he would be given further information about the project, as some people in the area reportedly already have. Mayor John Schultz pointed out the elevation is not a city project and he was unsure of its status.
    Schultz said he knows three business owners in the affected area, along with some home owners, have been contacted.
    City Operations Manager Jeremy Gilbert said some stakes have been placed along the highway by INDOT crews, a sign that some contacts have been made.
    McBride expressed a concern raised by others: that flooding will increase if the highway is elevated.

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