City looking for feedback on thoroughfare plan

What do you think of local streets, sidewalks and trails in Seymour?

Are they in good condition? Is the city in need of more routes to get people where they want and need to go?

What are some ways the city could improve traffic and safety for motorists and pedestrians?

These are the questions city officials want residents to help answer during a public workshop at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at city hall, 301-309 N. Chestnut St.

As part of the process to update Seymour’s Comprehensive Plan, the city is conducting the meeting to allow people to share their thoughts and ideas on the community’s thoroughfare plan, which was last updated in 1994.

There will be a brief presentation of the existing plan and how the city’s thoroughfares have progressed in recent years, said city engineer Nathan Frey.

One of the ways Seymour stands out compared to other communities is its successful roads program, said Mike Shaver of Wabash Scientific of Carmel. Shaver was hired as the consultant to update Seymour’s comprehensive plan in August 2016.

This year, the city spent $2 million to repave streets and continues to plan for construction of the new Burkart South corridor and railroad overpass.

Comprehensive plans should about be updated about every 10 years in order to remain eligible to receive federal and state grant money for projects. Seymour’s last comprehensive plan was done in 2003.