John McCane, Director of the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation (ECDC) announced today that Indiana Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation have concurred with a request for “Functional Classification” revisions in and around Rushville. The classification revision request was made by the City of Rushville, the Rush County Commissioners, and local economic development leaders. As part of the request, the local leaders requested that County Road 200 North be classified as a “major urban collector” from Spencer Street to Fort Wayne Road. Although most of Spencer Street South of CR 200 N was already designated as a major urban collector, there was a one-mile section that was also reclassified. INDOT and the U.S. DOT also accepted a proposed extension of Cherry Street from Conrad Harcourt Way north to CR 200 N.
“This is extremely good news for Rushville.” McCane said. “This opens up funding opportunities to help Rushville and Rush County develop a direct route between our two industrial parks.”
According to McCane, classifying the proposed Cherry Street extension to CR 200 N and the re-classification of 200 North as major collectors helps to move this project forward.
“I am confident that there will be an enormous positive impact that this proposed development will create,” McCane added.
According to McCane, a proposed Cherry Street extension has been considered since the City sold land for the development of what is now the Comfort Inn and through each administration since then. In addition to improving drainage infrastructure and traffic flow, the projects will allow economic development officials the ability to better market business and industrial sites to prospective new companies. Transportation infrastructure is routinely at the top of the list of needs of companies seeking new sites to move to or on which to build.
Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey echoed the positive aspects of having these roads reclassified.