SR 45/46 Access IMPROVEMENTS

DES. NO. 1700198

Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana

 

PROJECT SPONSORs

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) intends to proceed with a project involving the aforementioned roadway in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana. The proposed project is located on SR 45/46, 0.2 mile east of I-69, in Monroe County, Indiana. The proposed undertaking begins at the overpass of Arlington Road and extends east for 0.54 mile along SR 45/46 before terminating. The need for the proposed project is evidenced by left-turn congestion on minor roadway intersections along SR 45/46 between I-69 and Walnut Street, crashes near the pedestrian bridge and nearby intersection including Monroe street and Stonelake Drive, and limited local connectivity due to the conversion of SR 37 to a limited access interstate highway (I-69). The purpose of the proposed project is to improve local connectivity and reduce the number of crashes and left-turn congestion on minor roadways within the project limits.

 

The current scope of work would include access modifications along SR 45/46 to the existing intersections of West Stonelake Drive and Monroe Street, as well as at the SR 45/46 overpass of Arlington Road within the project area. The current proposed project would modify the intersection of Monroe Street/West Stonelake Drive and SR 45/46 utilizing a reduced conflict intersection concept. Additionally, a new off ramp will be constructed for westbound traffic on SR 45/46 to West Arlington Road in the northeast quadrant of the West Arlington Road and SR 45/46 overpass. To accomplish these improvements, the existing access point of West Stonelake Drive and SR 45/46 would be eliminated. A new access point on SR 45/46 would be constructed approximately 600 feet east of the existing West Stonelake Drive and SR 45/46 intersection and align with North Stonelake Drive. A reduced conflict intersection concept would be developed at the new access point of North Stonelake Drive, the existing access point of Monroe Street, and SR 45/46 which would allow only right turns from the minor approaches and would force the direct left-turn and through movements to indirect U-Turn movements along the major roadway (SR45/46). Auxiliary left- and right-turn lanes would be added to SR 45/46 to accommodate the new traffic pattern at both North Stonelake Drive and Monroe Street.  Impacts to existing roadside lighting along SR 45/46 and at Stonelake Drive/Monroe Street are anticipated, and impacted lighting will be replaced. Impacts to the existing storm sewer in the SR 45/46 median are anticipated and new storm sewer will be designed per INDOT guidelines. Additional details will be provided as the design progresses.

 

It is anticipated that work along SR 45/46 will require the acquisition of approximately two acres of additional right-of-way as a result of the exit ramp to Arlington Road. No right-of-way acquisition is anticipated for the construction of the reduced conflict. Traffic will be maintained on the existing roadway during construction through lane restrictions on SR 45/46. A local detour is expected for Monroe Street during reconstruction of the approach and the SR 45/46 median. Traffic will be maintained by means of traffic control devices in concurrence with the current INDOT Design Manual and standard specifications. As project plans develop, further coordination regarding maintenance of traffic will be conducted with adjacent commercial and industrial properties regarding maintaining operational access during construction.

PROJECT UPDATES

A public information meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on July 19, 2021 at North Central Church of Christ, located at 2121 North Dunn Street, Bloomington, Indiana. The public information presentation and accompanying documents will also be posted to this web page by July 19, 2021.  Although there will be an opportunity to submit comments following the public information meeting, we highly encourage you to submit comments and questions prior to the public information meeting. All comments are requested by August 19, 2021.

Submit all comments by August 19, 2021.

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CONTACT

Kaitlynn Walker

Staff Geologist

American Structurepoint, Inc.

317.547.5580

kawalker@structurepoint.com

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