County lawmakers return from D.C.: Traffic, highway funding the topic of discussion

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Six local lawmakers and the county’s highway director recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where they sought support for road funding and construction issues in Hamilton County.

“Funding is always the biggest challenge on projects like these,” Hamilton County Commissioner Christine Altman said. “We appreciate the time that our representatives and their staff took to review our needs and offer suggestions. Their insight was extremely helpful.”

Hamilton County Commissioners Steve Dillinger and Mark Heirbrandt and Altman, along with Hamilton County Highway Director Brad Davis, Hamilton County Council President Steve Schwartz and Noblesville Common Council President Chris Jensen met with Indiana Congressional leaders during the two-day trip, which included Rep. Susan W. Brooks, Rep. Luke Messer, Sen. Joe Donnelly and Sen. Todd Young. They also met with the Federal Highway Administration and vice presidential staff.

Two projects – the 146th Street corridor between Greyhound Pass and Hazel Dell Parkway and the Ind. 32 and Pleasant Street corridors in Noblesville – drove meetings and conversations between the parties.

Traffic studies by the county show growing congestion along both routes.

“The Pleasant Street Economic Development Corridor has been on the city’s thoroughfare plan since 1995,” Jensen said. “It is a top priority for the city. Not only will it help spur economic growth in our downtown, but will also serve as a catalyst for future successes in the heart of our community.”

“Hamilton County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state,” Heirbrandt said. “Proactive efforts to address these critical corridors are vital to future job creation and in ensuring our county continues to be a great place to live and work.”

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