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Finishing touches are underway on the expansion of County Road 600N — a 20-year-long, $8.2 million effort to improve transportation in the northern part of Bartholomew County.
The 5.6-mile project creates a nearly straight shot across the northern part of the county, carrying Hope-area drivers from State Road 9 to Marr Road, where, after a short jog on to County Road 550N, it’s just another 3.6 miles to U.S. 31.
County Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz was on the board with Sylvia Kiel and Juanita Harden when project planning began in 1993. Now in his 21st year as a commissioner, he is the only elected official still serving who was involved in the early stages of the project.
“I have been here with six different commissioners, but we have been able to stay focused with accomplishing the 600N project, even within the realities of individual politics,” Kleinhenz said. “All the commissioners I worked with saw that project as one that our county and community needed, therefore we were able to stay focused on its completion.”
While about a third of the project cost, or $3.2 million, was federal funds, the remaining $5 million was county money and represented the major county road spending over the past 20 years, Kleinhenz said.
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