The North Judson Town Council provided unanimous approval for a document related to the proposed sidewalk project on State Road 10 when members met Monday night.
Since the Town is working with Fleis and VandenBrink to apply for an 80/20 INDOT grant to help cover the cost of this project, a fiduciary letter is required.
Fleis and VandenBrink Senior Project Manager Mitch Hansel explained that the letter simply states that the town is willing to commit their 20 percent match. The total project is estimated to cost about $300,600 which means the town’s match will be around $60,100.
As a reminder, this project will involve installing sidewalk along the south side of SR 10 from Wilson Street up to the Dollar General Store.
It has been a topic of discussion for some time now due safety concerns, with many pedestrians currently traveling along the highway in the grass or utilizing the roadway.
The total project cost includes more than just the price for materials and installation. In addition to those things, Hansel explained that it also includes costs associated with design and engineering as well as obtaining environmental permits and necessary inspections.
He noted that some elevation differences must be taken into consideration to ensure the sidewalk will be ADA-accessible so that will require some additional work to be done during the design and construction phases.
Hansel added that when a project is being funded with federal grant dollars, there are certain wages that are set which they’re required to pay.
While this project is proposed for 2024, Hansel stated that they’ve been able to move projects up in the past so it isn’t unlikely that it could be done sooner than that.