Residents along East North Ninth Street got a chance to hear about the plans for road improvements and the impact the project would have on their property.
City engineer Alan Spesard took time before Monday’s city council meeting to explain the plans to about 25 people at City Hall.
“Besides Route 16 and Route 128, Ninth Street is actually the most traveled road in town, by the traffic counters we use,” Spesard told the group. “The road is the main route to Dam West Recreation area.”
Spesard said that plans for road improvements began in 2003 as a conceptual project waiting for funding. In August 2012 Shelbyville was awarded the Public Lands Highway Discretionary Grant in the amount of $970,640 with 100 percent funding. This includes 9th Street from the railroad tracks east of Morgan Street to the Corps property at the road over the dam.
“There is no funding requirements by the city,” Spesard said.
With the award, Spesard and his department designed a wish list of improvements that would include concrete curb, gutter and storm sewer, and sidewalks. The project would complete phase 9 of the General Dacey Bike Trail from North 6th Street to the City Park and the lake recreational area.
Other benefits would separate the storm sewer from the sanitary system, bury overhead lines, install lighting, and replace old water line along 9th Street. There would also be improvement to the access road to Glenwood Cemetery from gravel to oil and chip.
The road would be expanded from 22 feet to 26 feet across and use the city right-of-way for improvements.
The bid for contract will be let in Spring of 2014 allowing for the soonest start on the project.
“April to October is construction season. We want to sequence the construction for less inconvenience to property owners and visitors,” Spesard said. “It will be inconvenient - we’re not kidding anybody.”