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Stalled New Carlisle construction could move forward

A construction project in New Carlisle could start moving forward again. // WSBT 22 photo

In New Carlisle it seems no roads lead to the town center. Orange cones and even a handmade card board sign greet Kathy Aurenz's would-be customers before they can reach Yarn and More.

"It's very, very frustrating. We get a lot of people just traveling through that stop. They see, oh it's a cute little town let's stop, let's have lunch, let's have breakfast,” Aurenz said.

Barriers still block a main downtown street, but no work is being done. Monday, the Indiana Department of Transportation says it's completed paperwork that will get a stalled repaving project on the road to completion.

INDOTs U.S. 20 project crosses a railroad viaduct owned by Norfolk Southern. A spokesperson for the railroad says the project has been halted since early May because they're awaiting a plan from the state to make sure water removal at the site won't affect bridge integrity.

"From what I understand, when they started dewatering because of the high water table that we have around here, some of the soil underneath the bridge and the tracks shifted downward, and the railroad's afraid that's going to influence the train," said Discover New Carlisle President Ken Carter.

Monday, town leaders say the project inched forward with the submission of the paperwork.

"I received a call from Matt Deitchley with INDOT, confirming that their engineer just transmitted to Norfolk Southern,” Carter said.

INDOT says they want to get back to work as soon as possible with the railroad's green light. Some business owners want a deadline.

"The project completed. A definitive date of completion. When is this going to be done?” Aurenz asked.

An INDOT spokesperson tells WSBT 22 he's hopeful that the railroad will review its latest plan and let them get back to work as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, INDOT says it just added 30 signs directing drivers to New Carlisle, letting them know the town is still open for business.

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