State Will Improve Road In Yellowwood State Forest

The DNR and INDOT are working to improve a road that runs through Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County that is currently causing environmental issues.

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Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is working with the Department of Natural Resources to improve a road that runs through Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County.

Community members have asked for improved infrastructure in the area.

INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says the project is mainly focused on fixing the current road, which is causing runoff into the creeks and rivers in the forest.

“We’ll do a chip seal treatment on much of the road, and then realign portions of the road with improved drainage facilities so that the waterway can be managed appropriately and to provide consistent travel for the road that’s there,” Wingfield said.

INDOT and the DNR held public meetings to hear feedback from the community. DNR spokesperson Phil Bloom says feedback was mixed, but both organizations feel the benefits of the road outweigh the concerns.

“Where we see a benefit, other than the environmental concerns of runoff, is it’s going to provide better access for visitors to get to Yellowwood Lake, to get to the camp area, and that’s a plus in that it will bring more visitors to the forest,” Bloom said.

Money for the project comes from state funds shared by INDOT and the DNR.

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is a reporter/producer for WFIU/WTIU news. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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