Purple Heart Parkway Extension Ground Breaking Marks Milestone in Community Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                 April 29, 2024

CRAWFORDSVILLE (April 29, 2024) – The City of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County celebrated a significant milestone today with the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Purple Heart Parkway Extension project. The ceremony took place on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 1:00PM between Crawfordsville Family Vet and Buffalo Wild Wings.

This extension project will connect US 231 South to Ladoga Road, serving as a critical component in a number of community development initiatives. This extension is anticipated to play a pivotal role in supporting ongoing and future expansion projects, including housing, retail, and grocery developments in our community.

“This project is a joint effort between the City of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County, demonstrating our commitment to enhancing our community’s infrastructure,” said County Commissioner President John Frey. “We extend our gratitude to the City for their collaboration and support throughout this process.”

County Commissioner Jim Fulwider emphasized the importance of infrastructure improvements stating, “The extension of Purple Heart Parkway is part of our comprehensive strategy to enhance the infrastructure for both businesses and residents within our community.”

Highlighting the economic potential of the project, County Commissioner Dan Guard said, “The extension will unlock a thousand acres for economic development and housing opportunities, benefiting both Montgomery County and the City of Crawfordsville.”

The Purple Heart Parkway Extension project comes with a total estimated cost of $5,344,598. The City and County are pleased to acknowledge the receipt of a $2,300,000 grant from the state’s READI funds program, which significantly contributed to funding the project. The remaining balance will be evenly split between the City and County.

“The extension of Purple Heart Parkway to Ladoga Road is a major step forward in preparing for logical, planned growth in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County,” said Mayor Todd Barton. “This investment in infrastructure is serving as a catalyst for many other projects that will enhance our community and illustrates the collective ability of the city and county working closely together to position us well in today’s competitive environment.”  

Construction work has already commenced, with Crider & Crider serving as the contractor for the project. The project is scheduled to be substantially complete by this Fall, paving the way for enhanced connectivity and economic growth in the community.

About the City of Crawfordsville: Crawfordsville is home to more than 16,000 residents and is the county seat in Montgomery County, Indiana. About an hour west of Indianapolis, the growing city is known for its state and nationally-recognized Mobile Integrated Health program, extensive outdoor recreational opportunities at Shades State Park and Sugar Creek, and is home to the Ironman Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships and Wabash College.