LAGRANGE - One of the most dangerous stretches of road in LaGrange County is finally getting some attention.
The LaGrange County Council and Commissioners met in joint session Monday morning and agreed to make improvements to County Roads 200 North and 450 West in the vicinity of Pallet One.
The project would cost an estimated 2.7-million dollars. It calls for resurfacing of 2.2 miles of 200 North from 675 West to 450 West. Part of the road would be paved and part would be completely rebuilt to heavier standards with some dangerous hills being leveled.
County Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill recommended a different option that would have rebuilt the entire stretch up to heavier standards. That option cost an estimated $3.3 million dollars.
The boards voted 9-to-1 to approve the scope of the project, with Councilman Ben Taylor casting the only no vote. He wondered if the project should depend on donations of land by the residents of that area for the new right-of-way.
That idea sparked a discussion of the point by Brill, Taylor, and an Amish resident, with Brill saying no one is likely to give up the larger parcels where they're needed and Taylor said he would if he wanted the road fixed. The Amish resident added "I guess this is the first time that I was aware that the landowners of the county are supposed to be nice to the county, so that the county in return provide a nice road for the residents and all the other people. It's about safety for the county, isn't it?"
They then voted unanimously to fund the project with a $2-million dollar bond repaid with economic development income taxes, and up to $900-thousand from the Major Moves fund.