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Cleveland-Beech roundabout moves step closer to construction

A roundabout road sign.
A roundabout road sign.

St. Joseph County officials have cleared the final hurdle before they can start building a planned roundabout at Cleveland and Beech roads in Granger.

The county had been unable to reach an agreement with a couple who lives near the intersection on a price for part of their land needed for the project. The county had offered Anthony and Deborah Pienta $35,000. The couple rejected the offer, prompting the county to file a condemnation lawsuit in June.

On Tuesday county commissioners approved an agreement to settle the case out of court for $60,000. As a condition, the contractor will spare a gumwood tree, and will leave dirt from digging a retention pond for the project in the couple’s yard so that they can use it to build a berm to screen the roundabout from their view.

About 80% of the cost will be paid for with federal money.

County Engineer Sky Medors said utility relocation will occur in 2024, roundabout construction will begin in early- to mid-2025, and be completed by October 2025.

Parrott, a longtime public radio fan, comes to WVPE with about 25 years of journalism experience at newspapers in Indiana and Michigan, including 13 years at The South Bend Tribune. He and Kristi live in Granger and have two children currently attending Indiana University in Bloomington. In his free time he enjoys fixing up their home, following his favorite college and professional sports teams, and watching TV (yes that's an acceptable hobby).