Proposed Main Street extension hits snag

2013-09-08T23:15:00Z 2013-09-09T11:01:05Z Proposed Main Street extension hits snagMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 08, 2013 11:15 pm  • 

DYER | The proposed Main Street extension project has hit a road block, and that is likely good news for Dyer residents who vehemently oppose the project.

The town posted on its website a notice from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission that the Main Street project did not rank high enough on a NIRPC system to warrant funding at this time.

The project would extend Main Street on the Dyer/Munster line into Illinois.

For decades. Munster has teamed on the Main Street extension with Lynwood, Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

The Illinois partners are still working on their share of the project, Munster Town Manager Tom DeGuilio sid.

The four-lane road would run on right of way not owned by Dyer directly north of the Meadows subdivision and south of the Lansing airport. It would eventually connect with Joe Orr Road in Illinois. The portion of Main Street east of Sheffield and west of Calumet would be widened to four lanes.

Some Dyer residents oppose the project and have spearheaded a campaign to stop it. They say a four-lane highway so close to their homes will only ruin property values and quality of life.

“(The NIRPC decision) is a great thing for residents,” Dyer Town Councilman Joe Cinko said.

DeGuilio said any delays will be a putting off of the inevitable, and that the project will eventually go through.

“What happened was (with NIRPC) that all planning commissions are under orders to cut back on projects” within a specific time frame.

“I know people are excited down there,” but nothing is going to change, he said.

Dyer’s source at NIRPC had given it a timeline of 2021 or later for funding, pushing back the original target date at least four years, from 2017.

DeGuilio, however, is more optimistic, seeing a 2018 or 2019 target date.

“It’ll fall into place,” he said. “It is eventually going to come through, it’ll be a good project, a good reliever” of congestion on Ridge Road.

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