Culver Moving Ahead with Stellar Communities Projects

Plans for the Lake Maxinkuckee Bike and Walking Trail and other Stellar Community projects are moving ahead in the Town of Culver. Town Manager Jonathan Leist told the town council Tuesday that the first quarterly update meetings on the three INDOT-funded projects were held last week. Those include the Lake Maxinkuckee Trail, West Jefferson Gateway, and State Road 10 sidewalks.

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Hamlet Council President Urges INDOT to Address Safety Concerns at U.S. 30 Construction Site

 

Hamlet officials are demanding answers from INDOT, after a U.S. 30 construction project has led to a spike in accidents. During Wednesday’s town council meeting, Council President Dave Kesvormas complained that the town wasn’t told about the work ahead of time. “Legally, technically, U.S. 30 goes through town because that parcel on the northeast side of 30 is our parcel, so 30 goes through,” he explained. “The state didn’t contact us, nor did the contractor, and yet, we’ve had all these series of accidents.”

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Hamlet Town Council to Award Bid for Railroad Street Improvements Tonight

The Hamlet Town Council is expected to choose a contractor for its Railroad Street project tonight. The project would upgrade the road west of Starke Street with wider pavement, possibly new sidewalks, and other improvements. Last week, the town council opened bids from three companies. They ranged from just over $318,000 to nearly $344,000 for the entire project, but the town has the option to scale it back.

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Hamlet’s Proposed Railroad Street Project Drawing Interest from Contractors

The Town of Hamlet’s plan to upgrade Railroad Street is starting to draw interest from paving contractors. Engineer Lee Nagai told the town council last week that four companies have expressed interest.

“Three of them have come and looked at it,” he said. “I sent plans and sent the specs and bid documents to a fourth. They have not called me yet to come visit the site, but I have a feeling they might be working with somebody else. So I think we’ll get at least three bids. I’m guardedly optimistic that this is going to draw some attention.” Bids will be opened during a special town council meeting on Friday, September 7 at 4:00 p.m.

Among other things, the project would restore Railroad Street back to an appropriate width. Some pieces of sidewalk may also be replaced, but Nagai says some trees would have to be removed in order for that to happen. Town officials plan to get input from homeowners before deciding how to proceed.

The Town of Hamlet plans to apply for a Community Crossings grant to help fund the proposed Railroad Street improvements.

State Road 23 to Close in Starke County for Railroad Work

The CF&E Railroad will rebuild the railroad crossing on State Road 23 just south of the intersection with U.S. 30 in Grovertown.

Work is expected to begin today and continue through Friday, Aug. 3. The road will be closed from U.S. 30 to the East Yellowstone Trail.

The official INDOT detour takes drivers on state-maintained roads. Southbound drivers on State Road 23 will be detoured west on U.S. 30, south on U.S. 35 and east on State Road 8 back to State Road 23. Northbound drivers on State Road 23 will be detoured west on State Road 8, north on U.S. 35 and east on U.S. 30 back to State Road 23.

Graphic provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation.