Major study planned for U.S. 30 in La Porte County area

 

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced a Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) study for the U.S. 30 corridor east of Ind. 49 through the Northwest District. This high-level planning study will examine mobility, safety, economic development, land use, environmental impacts and other factors.

Stakeholders and the public will be asked to provide input early in the development of a menu of options to improve U.S. 30 that enhance safety and mobility and align with the economic and community development visions along the corridor.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, a PEL study is a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision-making that:

  1. considers environmental, community and economic goals early in the transportation planning process, and
  2. uses the information, analysis and products developed during planning to inform the review of environmental impacts.

PELs are commonly used on larger-scale projects to allow additional time for planning, identifying needs, gathering public input and securing long-term funding. The PEL will be a multi-year, comprehensive study that is anticipated to begin by early 2022.

As the PEL process plays out, development of intersection improvement projects along the U.S. 30 corridor in the Northwest District will be paused while results of the study are awaited.

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