A southern Bartholomew County couple say they are delighted with the way a new roundabout at U.S. 31 and Southern Crossing controls the flow of traffic next to their home.
But what hasn’t pleased Brandon and Jenifer Moore is the flow of flood water — or rather, lack of it — on their property since the roundabout was completed during the summer.
Before work got underway in June, the Moores — who reside at 7303 East County Road 400S — never saw significant drainage problems in the 1.5-acre section of farm field they converted into a horse pasture a few years ago, the couple said.
Even after the two-month project began, crews from Milestone Construction were “amazing with their communications and providing us access to our property,” Brandon Moore said.
In exchange for what Brandon Moore said was a reasonable purchase price, the Indiana Department of Transportation obtained right-of-way to dig a new drainage ditch over an existing one at the north side of the pasture, he said.
But since the roundabout opened Aug. 2, the water in the ditch has overflowed into the pasture after almost every rainfall, Jenifer Moore said.
For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.