City Officials Hope County Helps With Merkel Road

September 3, 2013
By
Merkel Road was discussed with county commissioners on Aug 19.

Merkel Road was discussed with county commissioners on Aug 19.

Batesville officials are waiting on a decision from Ripley County Commissioners regarding improvements to Merkel Road.

Batesville Mayor Rick Fledderman, along with members of the Batesville Economic Board and representatives from several businesses on Lammers Pike, asked commissioners on Aug. 19 to allow improvements on the road as well as help with funding.

The city plans on widening the road to allow commercial vehicles to travel on the road more efficiently. Fledderman said, “It is important for a lot of reasons. It is important for the safety of the residents of the road and the area. It would also give access to Lammers Pike from the east.”

“It would make ingress and egress much safer because it would reduce it substantially,” he added. He noted it would cut down on the number of vehicles that use Dirks Road and Village Drive, as well as the road through Hillenbrand Industries headquarters.

According to Fledderman, improvements to the road are also critical to the new industrial park area that the city recently acquired.

Fledderman said, “While it is in the city of the Batesville, Ripley County will benefit as a whole.”

The majority of Merkel Road is within the city limits however there are some areas that are not. Fledderman said until both sides of the road are in the city, the road is under the control of the county.

A recent traffic study was done on the road. On weekdays, approximately 600 vehicles traveled on the road daily. Usage decreased during the weekend to about 300-400 vehicles per day. Mayor Fledderman says the road is being used by employees and commercial vehicles going to and from current businesses in the area.

City officials presented economic information to the county commissioners. According to Fledderman, Batesville and the immediate surrounding area makes up 31 percent of the accessed value for Ripley County.

City employment data was also presented. An unscientific survey indicated that there was at least one employee from each zip code in Ripley County that works at one of Batesville’s larger employers.

Batesville officials said they can make financial contributions to the road, however would like some county assistance with the project. Ripley County Commissioners are deciding whether to help the city with the road.

Listen Live

Upcoming Events

Aug
4
Tue
10:00 am Oldenburg Academy Huge Book Sale @ OA gymnasium
Oldenburg Academy Huge Book Sale @ OA gymnasium
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oldenburg Academy is having a huge book sale. A bag of books (as many as you can fit) for $1. All types of books are available, including some vintage hardback books from long ago. Dates:  Tuesday 8/4 and Wednesday 8/5. Times: 10 am- 4 pm both days Where:  OA gymnasium
6:00 pm Stayin’ Alive National Night Out @ Cedar Grove Fire Department
Stayin’ Alive National Night Out @ Cedar Grove Fire Department
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stayin’ Alive and Franklin County Law Enforcement Agencies invite you to participate in the 32nd Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. There will be a free cookout that begins at 6:00 p.m. and will continue until 8:00 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Fire Department. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.  Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, and cookouts. Sheriff’s Deputies will be grilling hamburgers and visiting with the public. We look forward to hosting this event.”  For more information, please visit www.natw.org or www.stayinalive24.org.
Aug
5
Wed
10:00 am Oldenburg Academy Huge Book Sale @ OA gymnasium
Oldenburg Academy Huge Book Sale @ OA gymnasium
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oldenburg Academy is having a huge book sale. A bag of books (as many as you can fit) for $1. All types of books are available, including some vintage hardback books from long ago. Dates:  Tuesday 8/4 and Wednesday 8/5. Times: 10 am- 4 pm both days Where:  OA gymnasium

View Calendar