SR 32 Westfield reconstruction

DES NO. 1801731

Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana

 

PROJECT SPONSORS

City of Westfield

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project is being developed by the City of Westfield in partnership with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). The proposed project will receive a combination of state and local funding. The proposed undertaking is located in Westfield along SR 32 roughly extending from Poplar Street east to Timberbrook Run and from Jersey Street north to Penn Street in Hamilton County, Indiana.

 

The purpose of the proposed project is to improve corridor mobility along SR 32 through the downtown Westfield area for both motorists and pedestrians alike. Currently, the existing corridor does not provide a safe traveling environment for motorists or pedestrians as the existing roadway is congested. The need is derived from existing field observations, which include extensive queuing on SR 32 both east and west of Union Street. As a result of the queue, traffic flow is impeded at numerous drives and intersecting roads along the corridor. In particular, the Poplar Street/Shamrock Boulevard roundabout is negatively impacted when slowed or stopped vehicles on SR 32 back up into the roundabout and prevent other vehicles from entering the roundabout. This restricts access from other directions trying to reach the north leg of the roundabout that leads to Riverview Health Hospital and the Westfield Intermediate and Middle Schools. Due to projected growth in the community, as well as planned developments in the area, the existing traffic congestion is expected to increase in the future

 

As proposed, the project consists of widening and reconstructing SR 32 from just east of the Poplar Street roundabout to just east of Timberbrook Run. Outside of the boundaries of the Stultz-Stanley House (209 W Main Street) and the Westfield Historic District (NR-2521), the existing 2‐lane section of SR 32 will be reconstructed to consist of four 11‐to-12-foot-wide travel lanes (two westbound, two eastbound), with a raised 13‐foot-wide center median, curb and gutter, and 8‐foot-wide sidewalks separated by 6‐foot-wide grass buffers on both sides of the roadway. Along SR 32 left turns will be restricted with left-turn movements only available at Westlea Drive/Mill Street and Union Street. This reconstruction will result in widening the roadway to the south by approximately 25-feet.

 

In front of the Stultz‐Stanley House (209 W Main Street), SR 32 will be shifted north by approximately 34 feet, and the typical section of SR 32 will remain the same with the exception of no 6‐foot-wide grass buffer along the south side of the roadway between the sidewalk and roadway. Within the boundaries of the Westfield Historic District (NR-2521), SR 32 will be reconstructed to consist of four 11‐to-12-foot-wide travel lanes, an 11‐foot-wide turn lane, a 2‐foot-wide raised center curb with 1‐foot-wide curb offset, curb and gutter, and 8‐foot-wide sidewalks separated by 6‐foot-wide buffers on both sides of the roadway. This will result in widening SR 32 to the south by approximately 25 feet and result in the removal of four buildings from the Westfield Historic District: 101 S. Union Street, 102 S. Union Street, 103 S. Union Street and 111 E. Main Street.

 

Moving east outside of the district, the intersection of SR 32 and East Street will be reconstructed to a 2-lane roundabout with 15-foot-wide travel lanes (two westbound, two eastbound) with 8‐foot-wide sidewalks separated by 6‐foot-wide grass buffers on all sides. North of the roundabout, East Street will be reconstructed to consist of two 11‐foot-wide travel lanes (one northbound, one southbound) with 6‐foot-wide sidewalks adjacent to the curb and gutter on the west side of the roadway. East Street will be realigned to provide the appropriate transition into the roundabout as well as to straighten out the existing S‐curve along East Street, north of Penn Street. East of the roundabout and extending to just east of Timberbrook Run, SR 32 will be reconstructed to consist of four 11‐to-12-foot-wide travel lanes (two westbound, two eastbound).

 

The existing 186-foot-long, 6-foot-tall by 10-foot-wide box culvert between Westlea Drive and Camilla Court, which conveys the unnamed tributary (UNT) to Grassy Branch under SR 32, will be replaced with a 220-foot-long, 6-foot-tall by 14-foot-wide box culvert to account for the widening of SR 32. Throughout the project area, the existing overhead utilities along the south side of SR 32 will be moved underground beneath the new sidewalk.

 

 

The maintenance-of-traffic (MOT) plan for the project is proposed as phased construction that will maintain at least one lane of traffic in each direction during construction. Closure of Union Street and East Street will be required during certain phases of the project. Union Street traffic would be detoured utilizing 181st Street, Wheeler Road/Westfield Park Road, and 169th Street. East Street traffic would be detoured utilizing 181st Street, Wheeler Road, 186th Street, and Grassy Branch Road. Pedestrian detours will be provided during each phase of construction to route pedestrians around the various construction areas. A full closure of SR 32 is currently being evaluated between Poplar Street to Union Street for a period of time during construction to determine if it would minimize the construction timeline, as well as reduce construction costs. If a full closure of SR 32 is determined to be the preferred MOT, the public will be notified of the revised MOT. Access to all properties within and adjacent to the project limits will be maintained at all times during project construction.

 

The project will require approximately 3.34 acres of permanent right-of-way (ROW) and 1.62 acres of temporary ROW from residential and commercial properties. The project will result in the relocation of 13 buildings.

 

PROJECT UPDATES

Notice of Project Advancement (June 2022): The City of Westfield held a public hearing in January 2022 for a proposed reconstruction project located along State Road (SR) 32 in Westfield, Hamilton County. This public hearing was held as part of the environmental analysis phase as required per the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Public involvement is an important element of a comprehensive decision-making process. The purpose of this notice is to communicate the status of this project to community members. As part of the City of Westfield’s commitment to public involvement, it is important to keep the community informed of project developments. This is also an opportunity to formally announce the conclusion of the environmental analysis phase and transition to the next phase of development.

 

Subsequent to reviewing and considering all comments and materials received as a result of the public hearing held at the Grand Park Sport Campus Event Center on January 26, 2022, the City of Westfield will advance this project to the next phase of development with construction anticipated to begin in 2023. Environmental analysis documentation, including written responses to public comments submitted as part of the public involvement process, are available for public inspection at the Westfield City Hall and the Westfield City Services Center, as well as via this project webpage at the links below. Should you have questions regarding this notice please contact Sarah Everhart, American Structurepoint, Inc., at 317-547-5580 or severhart@structurepoint.com.

 
 

CONTACT

Sarah Everhart

Environmental Project Manager

American Structurepoint, Inc.

317.547.5580

severhart@structurepoint.com

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