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US 27 south going ‘Super Two’?

April 8, 2011

Recent roadwork on US 27. (Photo by Eric Mann)

    What is "Super Two"?
    (A) The final teams in the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments?
    (B) A new comic book hero duo?
    (C) An improved style of highway?
    (D) The numeral between Super One and Super Three?
    The answer, as reported by Adams County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Larry Macklin to the commissioners on Monday, is C.
    Macklin said a potential project for US 27 from where the four-lane ends near Monroe all the way to Portland is the "Super Two" concept, which makes a two-lane highway more like a four-lane superhighway, with wider lanes, wider berms, and ditches redesigned to be safer.
    He said 27 between Monroe and Geneva is not too bad, but it gets worse south of Geneva.
    The original idea, said Macklin, was to have 27 be four lanes from Michigan to Richmond but that idea has been abandoned to limit disruption in roadside cities and towns (such as Berne, Geneva, Bryant, and Portland) and probably because of the cost in an era of much tighter budgets.
    Macklin said he has no idea when 27 might be improved in the Super Two manner, although the project ranks fourth on a list of projects in the 10-county Northeastern Indiana Economic Development District (NIEDD).
    In regard to the NIEDD, Macklin said it is creating a "comprehensive economic development strategy" (CEDS) for the 10-county region by making project lists for industrial and business growth and for transportation improvements, such as the US 27 idea. The CEDS lists were made final last week, he said.
    The commissioners renamed Macklin to the NIEDD board to represent Adams County.
 

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