PROPOSED PROJECT DESCRIPTION: To continue efforts to improve the public safety, walkability, multi-modal accessibility, functionality, enhance the historic character and aesthetics of the City’s streets, the Board of Public Works has identified the East Main Street corridor from E 5th Street to Vincennes Street for improvements. East Main Street is a component of the former State Highway 111 through the heart of downtown New Albany. The State, through INDOT, relinquished former S.R. 111 (from Grantline Road at Mt. Tabor Road- Beechwood Avenue-Charlestown Road-Vincennes Street and East Main Street to State Street) to the City in 2010.
The primary intent of this project is to convert the existing “highway” to an urban street. Improvements being considered include the installation of a 10’ wide vegetated center median, replacement of deteriorated curb and sidewalk, drainage, ADA compliant ramps, intersection ramp bump outs, decorative lighting and art features. The proposed improvements will have a positive traffic calming impact by creating a narrower, more urban feel to the corridor in line with current design standards. The center median and intersection ramp bump outs will create refuge locations and decreased crossing distances for pedestrians to wait for opposing traffic gaps as well as provide aesthetic value. Art features could be installed at various locations to demark historic districts and enhance the character of the corridor. Trees and other landscaping in grass areas between the curb and sidewalk will also improve the aesthetics and green canopy of the street.
The improvements outlined above are based upon the concepts identified in the East Main Street Neighborhood Plan produced by the Main Street Preservation Association in 2006.
PUBLIC MEETING The design of the East Main Street improvements as noted above is currently in the preliminary stages. Prior to moving forward with the project design, the City and engineering consultant Clark Dietz, Inc. will conduct a public meeting to present the project concept and gather feedback and input from the public. Feedback gathered at the public meeting will be reviewed and evaluated to help mold the scope of this important project. Residents on East Main Street as well as all interested citizens, business owners and City officials are invited and encouraged to attend the public meeting as noted below:
6:30 pm, Monday, May 20, 2013 At the Pepin Mansion, 1003 East Main Street, New Albany, IN 47150
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AFTER THE PUBLIC MEETING After the public meeting, development of final design plans will commence and will be made available for public review prior to construction which is tentatively scheduled to begin fall/winter of 2013 and be completed in the spring of 2014.