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How will project impact traffic?

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ANN MARIE AMES
November 16, 2007
— Town of Beloit officials know access to Interstate 90/39 would be good for businesses in town.

But they don’t like the way Rock County officials plan to extend Inman Parkway to I-90/39, and they plan to speak up about it.


Rock County is waiting on state approval of $397,000 earmarked in the federal budget to design a plan to extend Inman Parkway east from Prairie Avenue to Shopiere Road in Turtle Township.


Town Administrator Bob Museus said the road could be a “shot in the arm” for businesses on Prairie Avenue.


But the town board is concerned that traffic would increase on Inman Parkway west of Prairie Avenue in front of Turner middle and high schools. The town expected Rock County to do a traffic study on that portion of Inman, Museus said.


“They pretty much blew it off,” said Chairman Greg Groves.


Rock County Public Works Director Ben Coopman told The Janesville Gazette the county is responsible only for the new construction and not on the impact west of Prairie Avenue.


The town board instructed Museus to write a letter to the county board and various legislators asking to be part of the planning.


“We are all part of the county,” said Supervisor Shannon Ladwig. “The county should be working with us, not against us, on this.”


Chairman Dan DeLong said town of Turtle officials also want to be part of the process. He expects the Inman Parkway extension to be part of planning meetings the town will have in December and January.


“The town of Turtle does definitely want to be involved in planning,” DeLong said.


Until the design is done, it’s unclear where Inman would connect to Shopiere Road, but it could cross Creek Road and Turtle Creek, Coopman said.


The project is estimated at $6.5 million.


It could take two years to design the plan, which would address environmental, archaeological and agricultural impacts, Coopman said.


The Rock County Public Works Committee would have the final say on the project. If it is approved, the county would have to apply for additional federal money for construction, Coopman said.



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