LAPORTE | Residents of Northwest Indiana interested in upcoming transportation plans in the region were invited Thursday to an open house hosted by the LaPorte District of the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Available for interested parties were documents and information on projects using federal funds between 2014 and 2017. Projects from each of the 13 counties represented by the LaPorte INDOT district were available on site and are also online at www.in.gov/indot.
"What we’re ultimately doing here is providing a blueprint of what we’re planning for the several years down the road,” INDOT LaPorte District spokesman Matt Deitchley said.
Deitchley said it was a chance for people to ask questions about projects that “aren’t set in stone.”
Jeanette Wilson, INDOT specialist, said preliminary engineering for some projects could have started as early as 2012 with a wrap-up of the right of way in 2013. Those projects might not be constructed until 2015, she said.
Among those attending the informal gathering was Kerry Dubyel, of Highland-based American Structurepoint, which is a consultant for INDOT. Dubyel is a project engineer on INDOT projects who said public involvement is important to her because she’s about to start the five-points roundabout project in Valparaiso.