Zoning board seeks public input for temporary I-65 project structure

The Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals will consider an Anderson company’s plans for a portable concrete plant for a project to widen Interstate 65 from Seymour to Walesboro during a meeting Tuesday in Brownstown.

E&B Paving Inc.’s request to establish the plant on County Road 790E, just west of State Road 11, received a favorable recommendation from the Jackson County Plan Commission during that board’s November meeting.

The board of zoning appeals will conduct a public hearing on the request before considering final approval during Tuesday’s meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the courthouse annex at 220 E. Walnut St., Brownstown.

The plant, which will include stone and sand stockpiles and a milling area, would be located on the north end of a 17.45-acre site owned by Shady Bend LLC and Tim Burbrink.

E&B Paving is the Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor for the $143 million project for the construction of six lanes of Interstate 65 — both northbound and southbound between U.S. 50 in Jackson County and State Road 58 in Bartholomew County.

The interstate presently has two travel lanes in each direction along the 14.25-mile stretch between State Road 58 and U.S. 50, but will be expanded to three lanes for northbound and southbound travelers with the upcoming two-and-a-half-year project.

Actual construction for the project is expected to begin in the spring at Exit 64 in Walesboro and proceed south to Exit 50 in Seymour by 2020.