Downtown Elkhart lot, part of Waterfall Drive will close for construction

City is preparing temporary parking lots to offset the loss of the Gause Lot near Knights of Columbis as project approaches.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct an error concerning the flow of traffic on Lexington Boulevard.

ELKHART — In less than two weeks, the downtown construction project involving a one-million gallon holding tank will begin in Elkhart.

That means the Gause Lot, the biggest public parking area on the north side of the downtown business district, will close beginning Monday, July 28.

The lot, southwest of Waterfall Drive and Jackson Boulevard next to the Knights of Columbus, provides 83 parking spaces.

The city has established a series of temporary parking lots to offset the loss.

Two streets will have immediate restrictions when work begins in the final week of July.

Waterfall Drive, between Jackson Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, will be closed for the entire project, which is expected to continue into November of 2015, said city engineer Mike Machlan on Monday, July 14.

Lexington between Main and Waterfall Drive will be one-way east bound for the duration of the project, Angled parking will be added about 30 days after the project begins. 

Lexington Avenue is one of three streets that will see additional temporary angled parking during the project.

The work is part of the federally mandated ongoing sewer project that will significantly reduce the amount of untreated water entering streams and rivers.

Signs warning of the parking lot closure have been posted. One of the signs, with an Elkhart Jazz Festival logo, warns that the lot will be closed for the 2015 jazz fest.

Machlan said maps have been distributed to downtown businesses and that flyers are being distributed this week and that he believes the city has done a good job at providing alternative parking areas to offset the loss of the Gause Lot.



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