Work underway Alber Street project

Barricades block Alber Street, just north of Euclid Street. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

The second phase of the Alber Street project began on Wednesday, April 3.

Barricades were put into place Wednesday.

“(Alber) street will be closed from Euclid north to John Kissinger Drive and then from John Kissinger Drive to U.S. 24 during two phases,” Mayor Scott Long said. “The detour is currently Cass Street to Harrison Avenue to Alber Street.”

Work on the street will include creating a parking lane on the east side of Alber, as well as adding a sidewalk adjacent to the parking lane. Crews also will install new curbs, gutters and a sewer system from Euclid Street north.

The project is expected to cost $1.097 million, with the city paying 20 percent of the cost, or roughly $219,441, Long said.

The majority of the funding is through a grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Broken into two phases, the city received grant money for Phase I of the project in February of 2010. Phase I is the larger of the two phases and includes the area between Cass Street and Euclid Street. Work on that phase took place in 2014.

Between the two phases, INDOT gave the city nearly $4.5 million in grants.

General contractor for the second phase is 3D Company of Muncie.

“The anticipated completion is currently scheduled for mid-October, but is dependent on the weather during this construction and could adjust one way or the other, accordingly,” Long said.

The Alber Street project is just one road project taking place around the city this summer.

The work on South Wabash Street, the State Road 13/15 Corridor Improvements part of the Stellar Project, resumed a few weeks ago.

Two 12-foot travel lanes, along with a 14-foot two-way-left-turn-lane will help improve traffic flow along the roadway, according to the Stellar Quarterly Report. In addition, advanced signing will lead traffic to the heart of Wabash, and motorists will be met with a new overhead gateway feature that signifies the entry into the downtown district at the south side of the Wabash Street bridge, the report continued.

That work is expected to continue throughout the summer.

Long also told The Paper that the city hopes to get the Wedcor Avenue reconstruction project,  west of State Road 15, started in the late summer or early fall. However, depending on the timing, that may have to wait until spring 2020.

The work on Wedcor Avenue will run from State Road 15 approximately 1,100 feet west. In addition to replacing the concrete with asphalt, work also will include new curbs, gutters and storm sewers. The state also is considering a stoplight at the intersection.

The reconstruction is being done to help with a new Hampton Inn slated to go in on the land just northwest of the intersection.

In addition, Long said, “we will do some mill and fill paving projects, but I haven’t gotten the list of streets as we wanted to re-evaluate conditions after this winter.”

While not technically a road project, work was scheduled to begin April 8 on Miami Street as part of the Long Term Control Plan for sewer separation.

The city, under a mandate from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, must separate its storm and sewer lines.


Posted on 2019 Apr 09