Cost to widen road grows

The county is paying more than originally planned to widen a major road in Bargersville, but in the future drivers won’t have to detour around closed roads as long and taxpayers will pay less when the road is widened again.

Construction to widen Whiteland Road between County Road 144 and State Road 135 will be finished in October, and the total cost of that work will be about $6.8 million, about 13 percent higher than the $6 million the county borrowed to pay for it.

But the additional cost should make upgrading the road, which is planned as the county’s main east-west route, to a four-lane road easier and cheaper in the future, Johnson County highway director Luke Mastin said.

In the construction project going on now, the road is being upgraded to include wider lanes and two roundabouts that will be able to handle more traffic. When design work started in 2011, engineers offered a new idea on how to expand Whiteland Road.

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