Winamac Town Council members received a presentation from a representative with the Indiana Department of Transportation when they met Monday night.
INDOT Project Manager Tim Hoffa told members about how the agency is working to improve their connection with local municipalities.
Hoffa explained, “INDOT is kind of starting a new initiative where they would like for us to go locals and talk about upcoming projects, give you guys some insight into things that might be coming up that might affect your towns.”
He informed them of a project that is scheduled to start in April where State Road 14 is expected to be resurfaced. Within the Winamac town limits, the work will run from US Highway 35 to State Road 39.
In addition to the resurfacing, they will be redoing adjacent ramps to ensure they’re ADA compliant.
Hoffa noted that he’s already been in contact with surrounding businesses to alert them of the upcoming work and mentioned that it’s only expected to have a minimum impact.
Council President Tom Murray mentioned that he knows of a sewer pipe that needs to be replaced under that stretch of roadway and asked if INDOT crews were planning to do the roadwork and then come back later and tear it up to address the pipe problem.
Hoffa replied that they will work the pipe replacement into the scope of their project.
He told Murray, “We are looking at a potential change order during construction for the contractor to do the pipe while we’re doing construction because we do not like to see a brand new road cut up either.”
Hoffa added that the contractor also had some concerns about a town-owned pipe that needs to be replaced in that area as well so INDOT has been coordinating with town officials about getting that work completed prior to the start of the SR 14 resurfacing project.