If you break it, you buy it

Friday, July 6, 2018

Itís no secret that the wheels of government move slowly, but here in Greene County, thatís not always the case.

Such is the case on County Line Road, also known as County Road 800 South. At Tuesdayís Greene County Commissioners meeting, the board signed a Memorandum of Agreement to hopefully fix the damage believed to have been caused -- at least in part -- by state vehicles.

The county road is home to the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) and Progress Pointe -- a tract of land, which was designated an Economic Revitalization Area. The BIC has been host to some high-profile leaders. Plus, a high-end hotel is planned to be constructed which is expected to support visitors to Crane and Greene County, which county leaders hope will spur more development on the county road about a half mile from the Interstate 69 interchange on US 231.

But, when you turn on to County Line Road, you are greeted by potholes and loose asphalt, causing vehicles to zig and zag as motorists head toward their destination.

Not far east of the BIC is an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) unit, which is believed to have contributed to the deterioration of the roadway due to the use of heavy machinery such as dump trucks.

The Memorandum of Agreement is in the works between the county and Indiana Department of Transportation, which will transfer a portion of the road from the county to the stateís jurisdiction ó leaving the state responsible with upkeep of the road and culverts from US 231 to the east edge of the INDOT facility.

INDOT Vincennes District Communications Director Jason Tiller reports once INDOT takes over responsibility of the portion of road, repairs will be made.

We have high hopes the state will quickly address the issue so the slow-moving wheels of government doesnít impede the work being put in by our county leaders who are pushing through barriers to make sure Greene County thrives.

Commissioner Nathan Abrams said earlier this week the county could have spent about half-million dollars on fixing the road due to the deterioration. For a county our size, with 1,000 miles of county roads and taxes rolling in from a county of only about 30,000 people, thatís stretching our dollars thin as it is.

Add on the additional burden of heavy trucks on a road that has a sign designating no heavy machinery, and that creates problems for motorists and prospective developers. We hope the state takes the responsibility seriously and addresses the deterioration so we can continue to show off the growing commodities Greene County has to offer.