News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 30, 2013

EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news

A road worth waiting for

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — While not much has been spoken or written recently about the Indiana 641 corridor through southern Vigo County, rest assured development continues and the approximately six-mile project linking U.S. 41 near Ivy Tech to Indiana 46 and Interstate 70 remains — mostly — on course.

As reported by the Tribune-Star last week, bids are scheduled to be let on the final construction phase later this year. While the original completion date for the highway was late 2014, it’s clear that the finished product may not be open to motorists until a bit later.

Sooner is better, of course, but given the long time frame attached to this project anyway, just be glad that an end is in sight.

The first two miles of the highway from U.S. 41 to McDaniel Road opened in late 2010. While that’s been a great asset to travel on Terre Haute’s southside, nothing will compare to the local transportation benefits that await when the project is finally complete.

Cheers …

• To young Katelyn Newell, a Vigo County elementary school student, who came home from Riley Hospital for Children last week after a long recovery from a heart transplant.

• To ISU police officer Chris Heleine, this year’s recipient of the Kevin Artz Outstanding Officer of the Year Award.

You can say that again

“This specific body of water is something I think that Keith holds very dear to his heart. I think he’s probably spent more time on that water than any person, ever.”

— Kara Kish, Vigo County parks superintendent, when

proposing that the park board name the lake at Fowler Park

in honor of retired longtime superintendent Keith Ruble

Reader poll results

Recently, the Reader Poll at asked:

Will the ongoing construction on I-70 between Terre Haute and Indianapolis make you choose alternate routes for travel this summer?

Results: 370 votes were cast.

• Yes — 307 votes, 82.97 percent

• No — 50 votes, 13.51 percent

• Undecided — 13 votes, 3.51 percent