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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 13, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Tornado Awariitiit We Page 6 189 KOKOMO March Upgrade to freeway favored By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer The Howard County commis sioners and the KokomoHoward County Chamber of Commerce members agree that the best of three recommendations to improve congestion on 31 would be to upgrade the existing route to a They were commenting on a feasibility study provided by Evansville consultants Benardin Lochmueller Associates for the Indiana Department of Trans Two other alternatives to bypass the existing route were also The project begins near the intersection of 31 and 600 South in Tipton County and ends south of the Miami County Line in Cassville or at the 31 In traffic volumes on 31 ranged between to vehicles a day in the Koko mo According to the seven of the 15 intersections on this stretch of 31 operate at unacceptable levels of The state transportation depart ment has been under a mandate to conduct studies to improve the 31 corridor to South either by upgrading the existing route or building bypasses around Either one or a combination of two designs could be employed to upgrade the existing Vince vicepresident of the consultant company A typical section for a proposed bypass is four 12foot lanes with a 60 foot median within a 300foot right of Upgrading the existing 31 through Kokomo would require four 12foot lanes with a Access would be provided by cer tain interchanges with a system of frontage roads on either At a later the road could be widened to six 12foot lanes using a portion of the The exist ing right of way for 31 varies between 135 feet and 225 The existing route has some pretty tight right of way so it has to be efficiently Benardin The study suggests a design speed of 70 mph for the proposed although it will proba bly be about 55 mph in the Koko mo three bypass align Alternative ments were proposed for a route east of and three on the west In the process of the environ mental the three west ern alignments showed there would be major impact to recently developed and heavilypopulated So a hybrid of the three was On the east there were fewer problems as far as develop ment and land Benardin In response to the consultants the commissioners offered to help coordinate with other interested if neces sary to ensure community sup port for the I thought the report was very well done and included a lot of said Jim presi dent of the KokomoHoward County Chamber of He said both he and the chamber members concurred that improve ments on the present location would be preferred to construct ing a bypass because businesses on the existing route could be adversely The cost of such a construction which would be paid out of feder al would probably be anywhere from to mil lion regardless of which alterna tive would be Brannon both Stephen Indianas transportation planning manager and Benardin said it is premature to place a cost estimate on the The next step is to construct a computerized travel demand Smith The commu nity participated in that he said referring to the surveys that were conducted last Weve added another to the study to allow us to have computergenerated These models will help both the public and decisionmakers visu alize the impact of the A company that handles com puter graphics will develop a video of the roadway and super impose a graphic of what the built facility will look It will require the road to be raised into the air to have a 3 street Smith Public hearings on the project have been scheduled in July in Alternative Upton SOURCE Kokomo Chamber of Commerce Imile KT graphic Just out of reach Senior Allen Goudy 50 kept the Kokomo boys basketball team close to Marion in the regional final with a big first but the Wildkats narrowly missed put on a trip to the semistate in Fort Koko mo had a desperation attempt to win it at the buzzer before falling The story may be found on Page For coverage of the afternoon turn to Page Tribune photo by Anne Farrar First Lady missteps Clinton blames her desire for privacy WASHINGTON AP First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledged Saturday a lot of missteps in the handling of the Whitewater affair in blamed her desire for privacy for the matter not being explained earlier and more Of course I made Clinton said in an interview with Newsweek dis cussing the handling of the con troversy over the Arkansas land development Clinton said that this thing has gotten blown so out of proportion and that she regret ted not recognizing sooner that journalists would pursue the mat ter if details were not In a separate interview with Time Clinton We made lots of We never should have made the for She said another mistakes was not appre ciating how other people view the Until the interviews with the two news magazines late Satur whose role in Whitewater has come under increasing has had little public comment on the New public opinion polls sug gested Saturday that Whitewater has affected how Americans view the first A new CBSNew York Times poll said 27 percent had an unfa vorable view of compared to 23 percent a month A Newsweek poll also found that Clintons unfavorable rating climbed to 42 percent from 29 percent in Mean a TimeCNN poll said half the people still consider her more ethical than most Clinton was involved in the Whitewater land deal in the 1970s both by managing her fami lys financial affairs and as an Arkansas attorney who represent ed Madison Guaranty Savings and which had ties to She also reportedly resisted giving Whitewater files to federal investigators and argued against the appointment of a spe cial counsel to probe the Clearly there were lots of mis steps along the Id be the first to say Clinton told She attributed her failure to respond more fully to Whitewater to not understanding why jour nalists were pursing what to me seems so insignificant a matter and said she regretted not focus ing on if earlier to try to deal with Clinton told the magazine that I get my back up every so often about having to answer questions she believes have no connection with her husbands public She suggested that also played a part in mistakes made in connection with responding to I really have been pulled kick ing and screaming to the conclu sion that if you choose to run for public office you give up any zone of privacy at she said in the Newsweek The White House has been con sidering various ways for the president and Clinton to get their side of the Whitewater story One option was for the presi dent and his wife to make a joint television appearance to try to put Whitewater questions to they opted for Clin tons talk with the news maga Until the Clin ton had made few detailed public comments about Heights neighbors organize watch People will look out for each other By MIKE FLETCHER i Tribune staff writer Tired of an increasing amount of Indian Heights Community Association is organizing a neigh borhood watch Gary president of Indian Heights Community initiated the The organization will need the support of the he I have seen the horror sto ries about neighborhood watch programs that turn into vigilante groups in larger he And I wondered if it would be simpler to set up something just to have neighbors observe each oth ers This way we can pre vent it from getting out of With the population around you have a lot of eyes and he I dont want to have a vigilante group out there patrolling the just neigh bors looking after each other and calling the police if they notice anything Well have to set up key per sonnel to channel the calls We want to work with the sheriffs not against he The group conducted a meeting Tuesday at the Indian Heights Volunteer Fire Department to dis cuss the creation of the Indian Heights is the largest subdivision in Howard with a population of more than Kuntz said it could take about a month for the program to get We need to get more informa tion on how other programs are Then well have an organizational meeting to deter mine the key personnel and how were going to make this The group is trying to come up with a Kuntz said the name Neighborhood Watch sounds like a patroltype program they want ed to stay away Something like a Community Awareness gram might be he Howard County Sheriff Deputy Jerry Marr is assisting the resi dents and looking at the pros cons of setting up the The would like to deter serious crime before it starts and correct some of problems they now Marr Marr warned the residents not to pursue a He advised residents to contact police if they see someone suspicious or illegal Marr warned residents could be injured if they attempt to pursue a there are 10 neighbor hood watch programs throughout the The head of the Crime Prevention Unit at the Kokomo Police Richard said that a major part of the success of these programs is good communication between the residents and all of the city offi not just the Sometimes there are problems that the police arent directly involved for example medr ical fire safety or light ing problems in the neighbor Robertson also said that educa tion is a big key educating the officers who are to patrol that area and the citizens Its common sense and com mon decency for people to watcK after each In these pro grams people become better neighbors and start caring about each other Robertson Japan agree on cellular phones WASHINGTON AP After weeks of mounting confrontation over the United States and Japan announced an agreement Saturday that will provide Ameri can manufacturers broader access to Japans cellular telephone mar President Clinton called the development a big win for every one and said it demonstrates that the United States and Japan can work together to open up jobs in America by opening up mar kets in It was unclear how far the accord on cellular a sub ject of dispute for nearly a would go toward defusing ten sions surrounding broader efforts to narrow a record billion trade imbalance with Trade Representative Mick ey Kantor called it a first step for ward to meeting other challenges we face with Japan over noting the agreement for the first time commits the Japanese to meeting specific deadlines and benchmarks in opening its mar inside todays Tribune Classified Local News of ;