Redevelopment Commission is looking at replacing the crumbling East Porter
Ave. bridge over Sand Creek with a four-sided box culvert.
recommendation of the commission’s engineering consultant, DLZ, Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell reported to the commission at its meeting Monday night.
culverts are typically easier to install than three-sided flat or arched
culverts, O’Dell said. On the other hand, there’s not a great deal of price
differential among the different kinds of culvert. Which means, he
suggested, that the best idea, when speccing out the project, may be to list
the four-sided model as the town’s preferred choice but give contractors the
chance to make alternate bids on a three-sided one.
O’Dell guessed that
it will take around three to four weeks to demolish and remove the old
bridge and replace it with the 18-foot culvert. He didn’t, however, offer a
great deal of hope that the project will be completed this year: three
separate permits still need to be obtained for the project, from the Indiana
Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana Department of Environmental
Management, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
the cost of the project at $550,000, which doesn’t include the acquisition
of any right-of-way which might be needed.
In other business,
Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that Lawson Fisher Associates
continues to work on the design of a reconfigured Gateway Blvd. The point of
the reconfiguration: to remove the bottleneck--formed by the median traffic
islands--which pinches the four westbound lanes at the roadway’s mouth to
two just east of the Speedway, resulting in long stacks of traffic at rush
The key feature of
the proposed design:
* The traffic
islands would be lopped roughly in half to create four full westbound lanes
west of Matson Street.
eastbound on Gateway Blvd. would no longer be able to enter the Speedway by
turning left and crossing westbound Gateway Blvd. by means of the current
pass-through between the two islands. Instead, they would be directed to
Speedway’s road cut on Matson Street.
* Speedway’s road
cut on westbound Gateway Blvd. would be right-in/right-out only.
* The Bob Evans and
Hilton Garden Inn road cut on eastbound Gateway Blvd. would be
right-in/right-out only as well. Customers leaving both businesses would be
directed to the intersection of Matson Street, where they would be able to
turn left onto westbound Gateway Blvd.
westbound on Gateway Blvd. would have a left-turn lane only lane allowing
them access to the Bob Evans and Hilton Garden Inn.
that meetings have been held with the stakeholders in the area--the
Speedway, the Bob Evans, the Hilton, and AJ’s Pizza--and that everyone is on
board with the plan.