Open on transportation improvements set for Thursday

Columbus and Bartholomew County are seeking public comment on planned transportation improvements in a virtual session.

The Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has announced that a virtual open house will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. This will be an opportunity for residents to learn more and participate in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) development process, planning officials said.

The program identifies transportation projects that will be funded with federal aid in Columbus and Bartholomew County over the next five years. CAMPO has opened a public comment period for the draft of its fiscal year 2022-2026 TIP update.

Public comments about the program may be submitted until April 28, and during the policy board meeting at which it will be considered for adoption.

Adoption of the proposal will be considered at a virtual CAMPO Policy Board meeting at 1:30 p.m. May 10. The board meeting and the open house will include a presentation about the projects proposed for the fiscal year 2022-2026 period. Indiana Department of Transportation and CAMPO staff, as well as the city and county engineers, will be available for questions and comments from the public.

CAMPO is part of the City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department and is tasked with planning and programming federal funding for transportation projects in Bartholomew County. The city and county manage the projects in their jurisdictions and provide the required local match, which is usually 20% of the total project cost.

Improvement projects are being considered for the following roads, Talley Road from 25th Street to Rocky Ford Road, Lowell Road from County Road 325 West to County Road 200W, Lowell Road from County Road 200W to U.S. 31, County Road 350W from State Road 46 to Goeller Road and Goeller Road from Tipton Lakes Boulevard to Oakbrook Drive.

Also, as part of the road projects, the Lowell Road Bridge over the Driftwood River and Talley Road Bridge over Sloan Branch will be replaced.

The proposal also includes operational funding for ColumBUS transit.

According to the planning department’s website, the proposal is updated every two years and includes proposed transportation projects and funding for both the city and the county.

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What: Virtual open house

When: Thursday, April 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

How to join: To request an invitation, contact Laura Thayer by email at [email protected], or by phone at 812-376-2557.

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What: CAMPO Policy Board meeting (virtual)

When: Monday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m.

How to join: To request an invitation, contact Laura Thayer by email at [email protected], by phone at 812-376-2557 or by mail at Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington Street, Columbus IN 47201.

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More information about the Transportation Improvement Program, including links to the draft for the fiscal year 2022-26 TIP update and its project list, is available at

Print copies of the TIP and project list may be reviewed in branches of the Bartholomew County Public Library at 536 Fifth Street in Columbus and 635 Harrison Street in Hope.

To learn more or submit comments, contact Laura Thayer by email at [email protected], by phone at 812-376-2557 or by mail at Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington Street, Columbus IN 47201.