BYPASS BOLSTERED: State leadership supports U.S. 30 run around

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series on the proposed U.S. 30 bypass.COLUMBIA CITY — Stop and go. Stop and go. Stop and go. Whitley County residents are all too familiar with the stoplight routine when traveling along U.S. 30.The delays that can come from getting stuck at numerous intersections are not only recognized locally, but state leaders have taken notice.In response to a state-wide road initiative, Gov. Mike Pence has been working with a group, Conexus Indiana, to include Columbia City in several projects to streamline traffic patterns.“The governor has three priorities — finish what you start, maintain what you have and the future generation of Indiana’s roads,” said David Holt, vice president of operations and development for Conexus Indiana.“A bypass option for U.S. 30 is being debated by a blue ribbon panel. It’s not being debated as to if it is going to happen, but when. They are working to tier the projects added to the comprehensive plan for the state. I don’t know what number the U.S. 30 project will fall under, but I am sure it will be a high priority.”The concept of bypassing stoplights and Columbia City “traffic” is not a new one.To read the rest of this story, see the Feb. 26 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.