DYER | Removing the Castlewood turn lane on U.S. 30 is not in the town’s best interests, the Town Council has decided.
The council will send its opinion to the Indiana Department of Transportation, which has the final say about whether the lane will be removed.
The letter to INDOT will state in part that Castlewood subdivision residents oppose its removal. The Redevelopment Commission sent an opinion last month that the turn lane be removed.
Dyer recently received a Safe Route to School grant. The $250,000 grant would be used to build a sidewalk between Castlewood and the Walgreen’s store along U.S. 30.
Once built, the sidewalk would serve as a walking route for children in the Castlewood area who attend Kahler Middle School.
However, recent findings by W. Dennis Cobb of First Group Engineering show that the right of way along the Castlewood intersection right turn lane is too narrow to allow a sidewalk.
Either the turn lane could be eliminated or the town could buy right of way from Meyer’s Castle, which owns the property directly abutting the turn lane.
Buying right of way from Meyer’s Castle would mean dealing with the rules and regulations associated with a site listed on the National Register of Historic Properties.
If the turn lane is not removed, Dyer will not be able to use the grant money.