According to multiple readers, and even some county officials, the proposed thoroughfare plan may be one of the most least understood issues facing residents. So in order to help bridge that information gap, The Paper gathered material from the actual plan located on the county’s web site.
Part of the executive summary from HWC Engineering is highlighted below. To read the full 73-page report, go to https://www.montgomerycounty.in.gov/egov/documents/1562961660_81421.pdf
The following is from the executive summary.
Montgomery County does not currently have a thoroughfare plan. However, the county has recognized the need to look forward and identify ways in which the county can respond to future challenges and opportunities.
Previous planning efforts such as the 2017 Economic Development Vision Plan and the 2019 Comprehensive Plan identified priorities, areas of focus, and completed s preliminary analysis on the county’s transportation network.
The thoroughfare plan is a continuation and further analysis of the ideas presented in these plans, specifically, how the transportation network can support the stated goals of the county.
The county is fortunate to have access to three major regional corridors:
? Interstate 74 to Indianapolis
? US 231 north to Lafayette and south to Interstate 70
? S.R. 32 east to Lebanon and Interstate 65
As the county seeks to improve quality of life and well-being of its residents, ensuring the county transportation network integrates well with these regional corridors, as well as ensuring quality county-wide connectivity will be crucial. Maximizing connectivity to SR 32 is especially important.
Additional principles which helped guide the development of this plan are :
Guiding Principles
? Establish transportation network hierarchies and priorities which recognize fiscal realities
? Create a safe and improved transportation network
? Enhance mobility and accessibility throughout the county
? Integrate thoroughfare plan to support desired future land uses based on the Montgomery County Comprehensive plan
? Increase economic vitality and quality of life eff orts throughout the county
Key Plan Elements
Key Road Network
A unique component of the Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan is a Key Road Network Map. The Key Road Network Map is the blueprint to enhance connectivity between all communities in the county. The primary and secondary roadway network as identified in this map served as the starting point for developing the additional key plan elements listed below.
Functional Classification Changes
There are road segments identified as part of the primary or secondary road network which are not currently functionally classified roadways by INDOT. As functionally classified roadways are eligible for funding opportunities, the county should bring these road segments t to INDOT for consideration of changing the classification.
Thoroughfare Plan Map
The Future Thoroughfare Plan Map serves as the county’s envisioned future roadway network. While this map utilizes some the same terms as the Existing Functional Classification Map (arterials and collectors) the Future Thoroughfare Plan Map is specifically for the county to plan for changes to its transportation network over the next 10 to 15 years. The Existing Functional Classification Map represents current conditions.
Right-of-Way Standards
The right-of-way standards contained in this plan represent minimum standards which should be used to guide roadway improvement projects or in right-of-way dedication as part of development adjacent to county thoroughfares The right-of-way correlates to the roadway classification on the thoroughfare plan map and helps ensure that county thoroughfares will have enough right-of-way to accommodate future capacity improvements as well as potential multi-modal and drainage infrastructure.
Priority Improvements and Action Steps The last element of this plan was the development of priority improvements and top action steps the county can take over the next several years to enhance the transportation network. To develop these recommendations, the Key Road Network Map was analyzed against several data inputs, including:
? Existing and Projected Traffic Volumes
? Current Roadway Ratings (PASER)
? Roadway Surface Type (Gravel, Paved, or Chip and Seal)
? Future Land Use Map
? Stakeholder Input
The outcome is a prioritized list of improvements and action steps which can have the greatest immediate impact on the county’s transportation network.

Top 6 Improvement Considerations
1. Improve intersection at C.R. 300 S. and Nucor Road
2. Improve C.R. 300 S. between S.R. 47 and U.S. 136. Extend the road between C.R. 200 E. and 300 E.
3. Improve rail crossing near C.R. 300 S and C.R. 600 E.
4. Construct a grade-separated crossing at the intersection of Nucor Road and U.S. 136
5. Improve intersection and signalization on either side of Interstate 74 along S.R. 32
6. Extend Memorial Drive/Concord Drive in northern portion of Crawfordsville.

Action Steps
? Pursue completion of a Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP)
? Adopt right of way standards into a future zoning ordinance
? Create a Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) to identify annual improvements
? Adopt the Thoroughfare Plan into the County Comprehensive Plan
? Require all new developments to dedicate and/or improve right of way for existing or future streets
? Incorporate regional initiatives that support coordination and safe transportation
? Partner with local jurisdictions to ensure transportation and land use support one another
? Encourage continued dialogue with private sector entities to coordinate improvements to the transportation network
? Work with INDOT to update roadway classifications
? Establish a policy that new and rehabilitated bridges on classified roads should accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.