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Hancock County News Archives for 2021-04

INDOT to close ramps on State Road 9 for construction

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close ramps on State Road 9 to and from I-70 for construction work. 


The ramp closures will occur the next three weekends: April 30 - May 3, May 7-10 and May 14-17. Ramps will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday. 


Crews will be installing concrete center islands on some of the ramps and on State Road 9. This is a safety feature that will separate traffic as they exit onto S.R. 9. 


Ramp Closures

  • I-70 EB to SR 9 NB 
  • SR 9 NB & SB to I-70 EB 

Sinkhole develops in Greenfield traffic / road construction area

The Greenfield Police Department has issued the following regarding a traffic situation that has developed in a construction zone on the city's south side:


A sinkhole has opened up in the 800 block of South State Street at the entrance of the Waste Water treatment plant. This section of the street is already under a "soft closure" due to the ongoing construction, but it will now become a "hard closure."


No traffic will be able to get through this section of the street. For reference, this is in front of the old Florida Cracker restaurant. The street will be closed at this location only.


If you live between Tague Street and the Florida Cracker, you will be able to use Tague Street to get to State Street. You will also be able to access the cemetery and all businesses within that section from Tague Street.


This hard closure is expected to last until at least Friday afternoon.

Two children injured when their bicycle failed to stop and struck a vehicle in Greenfield

A bicycle being ridden by two children struck a moving vehicle in Greenfield.


Greenfield Fire Territory and Greenfield Police responded to the accident scene about 7:30 pm Thursday in the 100 block of Pratt Street.  Greenfield Police say one of the children was sitting on the handlebars as they rode in an alley way.  The bike failed to stop before entering onto Pratt Street and struck the back driver’s side fender of a moving pickup. 


The driver of the truck was Jacob Peck of Greenfield.  Peck immediately stopped and aided the children, ages 11 and 14.  Both were transported to Riley Hospital for Children.  No further information has been made available on their conditions.


The Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACT) is handling the investigation.




INDOT to use crossovers for I-70 deep patching work in Hancock Co.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be working on a deep patching project for approximately 5 miles on I-70 EB & WB beginning near CR 400 E and going to SR 109.


Crews are building the crossover throughout the end of April and beginning of May. Traffic will be shifted over onto the shoulder, with 2 lanes open in each direction. 


Phase 1

The crossover will begin after Memorial Day. I-70 EB lanes will be closed and all traffic will be shifted into the WB lanes, with one lane in each direction.


During Phase 1, the SR 109 EB ramps will be closed. The SR 109 ramp to I-70 WB will also be closed. Traffic will still be able to exit at SR 109. 


This phase is scheduled to open up in mid-July to prepare for Phase 2.


Phase 2

Phase 2 is scheduled to begin at the end of July.


During Phase 2, traffic will be shifted into a crossover on the I-70 EB lanes, with one lane in each direction. I-70 WB lanes will be completely closed. 


Also during this phase, the SR 109 WB ramps will be closed. The SR 109 ramp to I-70 EB will also be closed. Traffic will still be able to exit at SR 109.


This phase is scheduled to open up before Labor Day.


During construction, the public can also take a signed alternate route. That will be Mt. Comfort Rd to US 40 to SR 3. 


All construction work is weather dependent. 

City of Greenfield no longer requires masks

The City of Greenfield will no longer require masks to be worn in public offices or for public employees to wear masks while performing their duties.


A statement from Mayor Fewell regarding COVID19 mask mandate


INDOT to resurface US 40 in Greenfield

The Indiana Department of Transportation is closing lanes of U.S. 40 for a resurfacing project near Greenfield.


Lanes will be resurfaced on U.S. 40 in both directions between 400 East and Monroe Street. Flaggers will be used to take vehicles through the construction in one lane. Watch for crews on the side of the road and be prepared to stop.


Construction started in the beginning of April and all lanes are scheduled to be open by the end of June, weather permitting.


The work will continue to take place between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. for minimal impact on traffic. Local access will still be available to motorists.

Greenfield Police Chief Rasche to retire

Greenfield Police Chief Jeff Rasche announced in the following letter his intention to retire.  The letter was published on the Greenfield Police Department Facebook page.



Man airlifted from motorcycle-Jeep accident on Mt. Comfort Rd

A motorcycle rider was airlifted from a Hancock County accident scene Tuesday afternoon after a collision with a Jeep.


According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, the Jeep involved was northbound on Mt. Comfort Road near 900 North and the motorcycle was being driven southbound just after 3:30 pm.  The initial investigation indicates the Jeep turned into the path of the motorcycle.


There are no names as of this report.  Family of the motorcycle rider was being sought.  He was airlifted to St. Vincent in Indianapolis.


The juvenile driver of the Jeep was not injured and cooperated with law enforcement at the scene.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the accident.