Part of Main Street to be closed in downtown Hobart
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent March 21, 2013 1:46PM
Updated: April 25, 2013 6:43AM
HOBART — The replacement of an existing sanitary sewer pipe will cause the closing of Main Street between 5th and 4th streets for about 45 days beginning around April 1.
The pipe is under the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing located next to city hall.
Mayor Brian Snedecor announced the impending closure during Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting and apologized for any inconvenience it may cause.
“This is a major step for the city of Hobart in providing utility services to our residents,” Snedecor said.
Tim Kingsland, Hobart sanitary/storm water district coordinator, stated in a letter that the city has contracted with Gough Inc. to remove and replace the existing sanitary sewer pipe in order to restore flow capacity and to rehabilitate the structural condition of this sanitary sewer.
Robert Fulton, assistant to the mayor, said the railroad has said it will replace the grade crossing at that time, as well.
During the work, northbound traffic will be detoured to a route following East 5th Street to Center Street north, to 3rd Street west. The southbound detour will follow East 3rd Street to Center Street south to 5th Street west.
The truck detour for northbound traffic will follow 10th Street east to County Line Road north to Indiana 130. The southbound truck detour will follow Indiana 130 to County Line Road south to 10th Street west.
In other Board of Works matters, the board took under advisement four bids received for this year’s ramp initiative, which would make additional public sidewalks compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The board plans to award the winning bid at its next meeting, on April 3.
Only two of the four base bids were under the $120,000 in Community Development Block Grants allotted for the program.
The board also approved a contract with Butler, Fairman & Seufert engineers not to exceed $10,000 to work with the city on the CDBG project.
Jake Dammarell, with BF&S, said previously the city would focus on sidewalks in the Ridgeview and George Earle school areas this year.
He said the work will include about 40 ADA-compliant ramps, some new sidewalks and curb, as well as pedestrian warning signs, striping and school zone signs.