7th Road project moves forward

PLYMOUTH - The process of having a Plymouth interchange for the new U.S. 31 continues to move forward with hopes of bidding by the end of the year.

Marshall County Attorney Jim Clevenger reported to the Marshall County Commissioners that processing of payment for one disputed parcel of land for the 7th Road extension project was already begun.

The original independent appraisers hired by the county gave a larger appraisal than the one finally decided on by appraisers of the Circuit Court during the condemnation proceedings on parcel three on the proposed route. While the fair market per acre was higher in the court appraisers view, the portion of settlement allowed for damages was much lower.

The final amount payed for the parcel by the county will be $96,635.

An amended condemnation complaint has been filed in the case of parcel 2 on the route. The court has appointed appraisers for the action and Clevenger was hopeful that they can return a report before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Consultants for the county continue to work on evaluation of a site for wetlands mitigation on the project. The site would not have to be purchased prior to taking bids for the project.

Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck told the Commissioners that recent evaluation of firms in consideration for the construction engineering portion of the project had been sent to the Indiana Department of Transportation and a firm had been selected but could not be announced until INDOT had completed the paperwork process and informed the company of their selection.