In the next few months construction crews will wrap up two major roadway projects: the SR 267 reconstruction and the Ronald Reagan Parkway project from Stafford Road to just north of US 40.
These projects, along with other current road construction, represent a significant - and unprecedented - investment in Plainfield's transportation infrastructure. In fact, over the last two annual construction seasons, this investment totals more than $54 million (including expenditures by the Town, the Indiana Department of Transportation [INDOT] and Hendricks County).
"When these projects are completed," says Bill Kirchoff, Plainfield Town Council Member, "Plainfield will have one of the top transportation systems in the State of Indiana." He notes that while other communities in Hendricks County and Central Indiana continue to have long-term congestion, traffic delays, capacity problems and limited access via alternate routes, "Plainfield residents and visiting consumers will find it easier than ever to get around and enjoy our community".
Total Investment By Project Town, County and Indot
Cambridge Way and Hadley Road improvements
Ronald Reagan Pkwy north of Stafford Road
SR 267 (Quaker Blvd)
Reeves Road between Quaker Blvd and Perry Road
Center Street Overpass (over I-70)
Clarks Creek Road N/S US 40
Ronald Reagan Pkwy north to CR 200 S and CR 200 S
Reeves Road west of Quaker Blvd and Red Pride Drive
Reeves Road west of Plainfield High School to Center Street
Metropolis Pkwy (Quaker Blvd to Perry Road)
Traffic Signal Pre-emption for Emergency Responders
US 40 at Moon Road Intersection
Left Turn Lane, Stafford Road to North Ronald Reagan Pkwy
US 40 at Clarks Creek Road
These significant road construction projects represent a per capita investment of $2,454 for every Plainfield resident.
WATER UTILITY KEEPS PACE WITH DEMAND WHILE COSTS STAY LOW
Any great outlook for summer includes an ample water supply. This year will be no different, and according to Robin Brandgard, Plainfield Town Council President, "The Plainfield Water Utility is working hard to make sure supply keeps pace with rising demand, even as monthly bills stay low."
Key improvements this year include a new well at Anderson Park Water Plant and replacement of an existing well at the Swinford Park Water Plant. Combined, these new wells can pump approximately 5.9 million gallons per day (mgd). Overall, the Plainfield Water Utility operates five water treatment plants that can provide up to 10.1 mgd. This is more than enough capacity to meet customer usage demands which, in 2006, averaged slightly more than 3.0 mgd, with the maximum usage day at 5.2 mgd.
"Not only will Plainfield residents enjoy a ready supply for all their summertime activities," Brandgard says, "they'll pay less than nearby communities." Despite making significant investments, the town has consistently kept its combined water and sewer utility rates among the lowest in Central Indiana. For example, for 6,000 gallons used, Plainfield residents pay a combined monthly water/sewer bill of $42.57. This is $1.73 less than customers pay in Brownsburg each month, $5.21 less than those in Mooresville, and $25.12 less than residents of Avon/Washington Township.
According to Rich Carlucci, Plainfield Town Manager, "These low rates are a direct result of the long-range planning and management by the Plainfield Town Council." That planning includes other projects for the coming year such as extending a 12-inch water main on the south side of U.S. 40 from Moon Road west to Plainfield's Liberty Water treatment plant. When completed, this will increase water pressure and enhance water quality and fire protection.
The Plainfield Water Utility has also begun planning for a new 1 million gallon water tower on the northeast side of town. The water tower will increase Plainfield's total water storage capacity more than 40 percent and improve water pressure for businesses and homeowners in that area. Bids for the new tower are scheduled for November or December with construction anticipated to begin in early 2008.
SPLASH ISLAND OPENING SOON
Summer fun arrives with a splash on Saturday, May 26 when the Splash Island Family Waterpark at Plainfield Recreation Center opens for the 2007 season. Call 839-POOL for more information.
Last month’s Water Line mistakenly reported that a center turn lane would be added to Reeves Road during construction. Reeves Road will continue to be a two-lane roadway. We regret the error.