More than 50 people attended a public hearing Wednesday night at Columbus City Hall to learn more details about the $30 million overpass project. If this winter is mild enough to allow for construction, the overpass could be open by Nov. 15, 2020.
The hearing will be at 6:00 p.m. May 29 in the Cal Brand Meeting Room at Columbus City Hall. Comments are being sought about the environmental documents and materials about the proposed new $30 million interchange that will allow motorists to avoid being slowed or stopped because of increasing railroad traffic projected to occur later this year.
L&I Railroad has informed the City that traffic will average 13 trains per day moving through the city daily in 2019, increasing to 19 trains on average in 2020.
The City of Columbus announces the launch of a web-based train status page that will allow residents to determine if a train is approaching the intersection of Indiana 11 and SR 46. The technology behind the page was designed by Isaiah Bowman, a senior at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus who is completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Technology.
On November 5, Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Mrs. Pam Lienhoop and David Hayward, Executive Director of Public Works and City Engineer, joined officials from the Louisville & Indiana Railroad, CSX Railroad and other state and local officials to celebrate the ribbon cutting on the new Noblitt Park railroad bridge, which replaced a bridge that had spanned the Flat Rock River for over 100 years.
Louisville & Indiana Railroad officials have notified the city that longer, heavier and faster CSX trains will begin traveling through Columbus on L&I’s rail system beginning Nov. 3.
The City of Columbus was presented the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim) Local Government Collaboration Award at the Aim Ideas Summit Annual Awards Luncheon, held on October 3, 2018 in French Lick.
At their meeting on September 17, the Redevelopment Commission voted to hire CTC of Fort Worth, Texas to assist the City with a two-step process to help the city quiet the horns from trains passing through the city.
The Columbus/Bartholomew County E-911 Center is now benefitting from the installation of cameras at critical intersections impacted by increased railroad traffic.
Tree clearing will begin January 10 as part of preliminary work to upgrade the railroad bridge at the Flat Rock River crossing in Noblitt Park. Work is expected to continue over several weeks as weather permits as numerous trees are removed to allow for room for cranes and equipment to move into the area for bridge construction.