The Jasper Common Council has signed a letter that was drafted by City Attorney Renee Kabrick to INDOT to express their displeasure with the conditions of US 231 through Jasper.
The letter says, “We, the members of the Jasper Common Council, respectfully submit this letter calling for major, long-lasting improvements to the US 231/SR 56 thoroughfare through our community.”
The letter was created after Common Council President Pro Tem Tom Schmidt voiced his concerns about 231 during the April 23rd Council Meeting.
Schmidt says that he is getting a lot of feedback from residents who notice that 231 has bad spots throughout the city limits and that his understanding was when the re-paving took place last year, it was supposed to go all the way from the south side of Huntingburg up to the Jasper State Police Post.
INDOT, however, only paved the worst areas of 231 from Huntingburg to the State Police Post.
The letter to the Vincennes District of INDOT says that “there have been 3 repaves in the past 15 years with the most recent one in 2013…an is already showing signs of breaking down and won’t service the volume of regular and heavy truck traffic currently utilizing the roadway.”
The letter also says that the council acknowledges the brutal impact of the severe winter weather on the road, but says “if US231 is to remain a major corridor to southern Indiana, a total reconstruction from bottom to top will need to be done.”
The letter is signed by each council member and is dated April 29th.