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June 23, 2013

Caution: Road work ahead

Road work, construction projects abound for city, county, region


Jackson Street and LaFountain Street Reconstruction Project

• New curb and sidewalks on Jackson Street between Market and LaFountain

• Bid - $135,736.86

• Timing – Construction beginning in fall

• Impacts – Closure of Jackson Street between Market and LaFountain for approximately 3 weeks this fall

Downtown Streetscape Project (Jackson, Washington, Taylor, and Buckeye)

• New curb and sidewalks on Taylor and Jackson between Washington and Buckeye, and Washington and Buckeye between Taylor and Jackson

• Bid – Not bid yet

• Timing – August and September

• Impacts – Closures on all streets except Washington for a majority of the project. Also parking restrictions.

Downtown Trailhead Project

• New bridge and trail between Superior Street and Main Street, including a new pedestrian bridge over Wildcat Creek

• Bid - $1,214,032.36, awarded to Mohr Construction, a division of E&B Paving, Anderson

• Timing – Under Construction. Completion in July.

• Impacts - None

Industrial Heritage Trail Extension, Markland to downtown

• Extension of the trail between Markland and Wildcat Creek, including new crosswalks at King and Harrison

• Bid – Work performed in house

• Timing – Under construction. Completion in July.

• Impacts – None

Bus Shelter Installation Project

• 25 new bus shelters for the new bus routes

• Bid – Not bid yet

• Timing – Fall

• Impacts - None

Wayfinder Sign Installation Project

• Approximately 75 New wayfinding signs covering most of the city

• Bid - $467,000 (80 percent Federal Funds, 20 percent Local Funds)

• Timing – Fall

• Impacts – None

CSO41 Remediation Project

• Installation of a siphon and 42” diameter storm sewer to remediate CSO 41 at Purdum and Walnut

• Bid – Approximately $1.9 million, awarded to Atlas Excavating, West Lafayette

• Timing – Now

• Impacts – Purdum is closed between Walnut and Mulberry until early fall


The chip seal work is behind schedule in Tipton County, and highway officials are blaming the wet spring for the delay.

Highway foreman Jeff Sowders summed up the situation.

“We are running behind because of weather. We have had a lot of locations that were washed out by flooding that had to be fixed first before chip sealing. So the list will be added to on a regular basis,” Sowders said.

Chip seal work should begin in earnest in mid-July, and the county expects to spend about $600,000 on the work. County highway superintendent Bret Morris said the work won’t be contracted out, and almost all of the money will be spent on chip seal.

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