City cements sidewalk project list at 13 new locations, 55 repairs, ramps

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The City of Greencastle’s annual sidewalk project will include new 13 infill locations and 55 areas requiring repairs or adding handicap ramps following Board of Works action Monday.

The board approved a $268,976 bid from Joe Spiker Excavating, Greencastle, for the work. Spiker was the lone bidder on the project set to begin this fall with a deadline of June 2019 for completion.

“I thought this was going to be in the $300,000 range or more,” board member Trudy Selvia said, encouraged by the lower bid price as she made the motion for approval that Mayor Bill Dory seconded and made unanimous. Board member Craig Tuggle was absent.

The mayor explained that funding for the sidewalk project will come from a variety of city budget sources. The city will use $100,000 in 2018 EDIT funds and $100,000 in sidewalk rehabilitation funds, along with $38,304 in designated City Council project funds and $30,672 from the Local Road and Street budget to achieve the $268,672 total.

Mayor Dory said a few minor adjustments may occur to the sidewalk list as another construction project may take in some of the sections included for now. Also, “one or two segments might drop out,” he said, for reasons not related to the current project status.

The annual sidewalk repair and infill list is prepared with input from City Council members so that concerns in individual wards within the city can be addressed. The locations selected for the final list also have minimal utility relocations required, Dory noted.

The 13 infill projects that will add sidewalks where no city sidewalks have gone before include:

-- Indianapolis Road along its north side from where the existing sidewalk ends at O’Reilly Auto Parts to the American Legion driveway.

-- Houck Road along the north side from Golden Court to Talon Court.

-- Apple Street for north side curb and sidewalk from Crown to Maple Street.

-- South Arlington Street from East Walnut to Anderson Street.

-- South Jackson Street along its east side from Sunset Drive to Veterans Memorial Highway.

-- Cherrywood Court.

-- Judson Drive along the east side from Meadow Lane to the Goodwill store driveway.

-- Maple Street along the west side from the alley approach at Pizza King to Elm Street.

-- Maple Street along the west side from Howard to Sycamore Street.

-- Maple Street, extending the Cancilla Park loop and installing an ADA ramp crossing Ohio Street.

-- Main Street, remove and grass the sidewalk starting at Apple Street going north about 80 feet and adding sidewalk to Maple Street.

-- Ridgeway Street starting at the east end and extending to Cedar Drive with an ADA ramp.

-- Park Street along south side between Lincoln and Indiana streets (after the alley approach), replacing and extending curb and sidewalk west to existing drive apron.

Meanwhile, among the 55 sidewalk repair projects is the single most expensive section, a $28,805 segment along Main Street. That work is scheduled to replace 1,160 feet of curb and gutter on Howard Street to Illinois Street, along with installing ADA ramps at the northeast corner of Howard and Maple streets and the northeast and southeast corners of Howard and Illinois streets.

Another $8,966 repair project involves replacing 334 feet of curb and gutter west along Seminary Street from the southwest corner of Arlington Street, while an $8,680 portion of the overall project will replace sidewalk along Highland Street and replace driveway approaches at five residences.

In other recent Board of Works business, it was noted that the water main break last month along Indianapolis Road in front of Taco Bell cost $9,355 to repair, not including time spent by Greencastle utility workers.

Repairs included 16 feet of new curb to replace what was blown out in the water main break and patching and repaving a section of Indianapolis Road where the street cut for repairs was made.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Greencastle Board of Public Works and Safety is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at City Hall.

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