FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The public got a chance to learn more and weigh in on future improvements to a multi-county stretch of U.S. 30 during a meeting Monday evening.

The meeting took place at Sweetwater Sound located at 5501 US 30 West.

The meeting went over the Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT) effort to streamline the gathering of information related to mobility, safety, economic development, land use, environmental impacts and other factors.

At the meeting, INDOT showed the public the area in question and asked for feedback on the current U.S. 30 corridor. A large, long map of the corridor was laid out, and those in attendance could put notes on it stating their problems. 

Overall, the whole night and the next two years are all about feedback. 

“Transportation impacts everybody and it’s for everybody, and everybody should have a say in how it moves forward,” said Shane Peck, the public involvement lead for the study. “A big part of tonight and the next two years as we do this study, is we need to hear from the public.”

Brad Goeglein, who owns a business in the corridor and commutes it regularly, attended the meeting and gave his own feedback.

“The business owners have become concerned about what’s going to happen not only to their value, but to their businesses as well,” Goeglein said. “It’s a challenge.”

There are two stretches of U.S. 30 being considered by the Planning-Environment Linkage or PEL studies. The U.S. 30 West study area extends from SR 49 (Porter County) to West County Road 700 North (Fulton County) and Beech Road (Marshall County). The U.S. 30 East study area extends from Beech Road (Marshall County) to the Indiana/Ohio state line (Allen County).

More information including other meeting dates can be found here.