Transportation

Traffic Flow through San Pierre

One factor to consider in recruiting a new gas station or grocery store to San Pierre is the volume of traffic required to support a new facility. The actual numbers of cars and trucks traveling through San Pierre each day on US 421 and Indiana 10 are shown below.

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US 421 Project Becomes Controversial
Starke County NewsHawk, June 29, 2005

SAN PIERRE - An unusual outdoor meeting on what is becoming
a controversial project - rebuilding U.S. 421 through this small,
unincorporated community - is being held in San Pierre Wednesday,
June 29. The meeting will be held at the intersection of the highway
with Ann Street at 9:30 a.m. The project is now four years away,
possibly more, and details are sketchy. After three weeks of contact,
the LaPorte District Office of INDOT referred the NewsHawk to
Jessica Mace in the agency's Office of Communications. Another week
went by and Mace finally offered the following project description:
"This project is a slight distance correction or radii improvement
project. It is from 1 mile north of the south junction of (U.S.) 10
through the town of San Pierre." The description is incorrect, as
Highway 10 is an Indiana route, not a U.S. or federal route. The
project was initiated after a number of serious accidents with
injuries and apparently involves straightening out the roadway,
although area residents maintain the accidents have been few and
far between. Local residents seem not to want the roadway straightened.
At a recent meeting of the Starke County Commissioners, Lisa Shrader
of the LaPorte office said residents are looking for a low-profile
fix-up which would simply call for installing new traffic controls.
At last week's meeting, County Commissioner Kent Danford indicated
he was not in favor of the big realignment project. "I'm looking at
the issue from a safety standpoint. Straightening it out could make
speeding worse," Danford said. Shrader indicated she knew little
else about the project, and referred the NewsHawk to another engineer,
who never contacted the newspaper. The only other information INDOT
supplied was on the timing. "The current schedule reflects a ready for
contracts date of August of 2008, which means construction would
likely begin in the spring of 2009. A preliminary field check is
scheduled to occur sometime this year," Mace said. The plans are
available for public viewing at the LaPorte District Office, 315
Boyd Blvd.

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Trail System

"Indiana has set a goal of providing an easily accessible trail opportunity
within 15 minutes or 7.5 miles of all Indiana residents."
- INDOT

In addition to maintaining the state's roadway system, INDOT is responsible for trail systems - walking trails and biking trails - throughout the state.

The Green Moves Program seeks to develop a statewide trail, greenway, and bikeway system. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation and other state agencies has produced a master trails plan to guide the development and expansion of a statewide system of trails to be used for recreation and transportation throughout the state. Indiana has set a goal of providing an easily accessible trail opportunity within 15 minutes or 7.5 miles of all Indiana residents.

San Pierre sits at the crossroads of two abandoned rail lines - the north-south Monon rail line, and the east-west New York Central rail line. INDOT has plans in place to help local communities convert these abandoned right-of-ways into walking and biking trails, as part of a program called "Rails to Trails." San Pierre is also situated nearby two regional trail systems - one connecting the Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area with the Tippecanoe River State Park to the east and the Kankakee River State Park to the west. The other follows an abandoned rail right-of-way north of San Pierre, crossing US 421 and the Kankakee River at Lomax.

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Roads and Rails

A map of Railroads, Federal Highways and State Highways in the region.

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