East Main Street Project Out For Bid

The East Main Street improvement project is currently out to bid and the Board of Public Works is planning to open the bids on January 21st. Plans and specifications for the project are available to the public via the project website at www.eastmainstreetproject.com. Electronic versions of the Final Plans and Specifications have been placed in the Download Section of the website. Documents are also available for review at the New Albany Redevelopment Office – 311 Hauss Square-Rm 325, New Albany, IN 47150.

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 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.
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