By Sadie Hunter
The Noblesville Common Council, at its Jan. 24 meeting, approved $3.75 million – the first step in funding – for the proposed extension of Pleasant Street in downtown Noblesville to connect the street to Ind. 32 west of White River.
Initial proposals of the project also would widen the road from two lanes to potentially three or four.
Approximately $2.75 million will pay for initial planning, design and permitting costs associated with the project, and approximately $1 million will be used for land acquisition “for the various parcels of land, which are anticipated to be needed for construction of the project,” the administration’s resolution stated. The study area will be east of Ind. 37 along Pleasant Street, ending at Hague Road at Ind. 32.
As of press time, a funding source had not yet been identified. A meeting discussing funding occurred the morning of Jan. 25 between council and city administration. Councilor Chris Jensen told Current the meeting did not result in a final decision for funding this phase of the project, but rather served as a way for council and the city to examine all potential funding options.
“We do not anticipate bringing any debt to this project,” city attorney Mike Howard said at the Jan. 24 council meeting.
For more than a year, the city has worked to plan a proposal that would “substantially reduce the congestion of east/west traffic along (Ind.) 32 and 38,” the resolution reads.
“Administration’s objective in 2016 was to evaluate previous studies and consider new analysis of alternative routes, costs and travel data,” council documents from City Engineer John Beery state. “In order to move and to determine an ‘impact’ footprint for the project, the necessary funds would be required to move forward on the planning and preliminary design of the improved east/west corridor along Pleasant Street.”
The approved plan includes the preliminary design, a field survey, environmental assessments, utility impacts and a study on how the project would impact adjacent and adjoining properties.
“With this, we will be more able to answer the questions on who and what will be impacted,” Mayor John Ditslear said at the meeting. “This is an opportunity to get started on how it’s going to go, where it’s going to go and how and when that will happen.”
The resolution was passed 8-0, and Councilor Megan Wiles was absent from the meeting.