GOSHEN — Norfolk Southern Railroad is planning to temporarily close crossings in Goshen this month to replace tracks on the Chicago Line.
The first closure will begin Tuesday, May 13, at the C.R. 15, or Ferndale Road, railroad crossing. The crossing is expected to reopen Friday, May 16. Commuters were experiencing delays as early as Monday, May 12.
Norfolk Southern will close railroad crossings at Peddlers Village and Greene roads Monday, May 26, and reopen May 28. The crossings will close again at a later date for the construction of a third track, civil city engineer Mary Cripe said Monday, May 12, at the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. A date for the second closure has not been announced.
- The board opened bids for the construction of River Race Drive from Douglas Street to Jefferson Street. The base bids included a $1.94 million offer from HRP Construction, $1.83 million from Rieth Riley, $1.82 million from Walsh and Kelly, $1.71 million from Niblock Excavating and $1.63 from C&E Excavating. The city’s engineering department and redevelopment commission will review the bids to make a recommendation to the board.
- The board approved two change orders submitted by Selge Construction for the Monroe Street Trail project. The original contract was for $813,422. The total increase for the two change orders plus four others that were previously approved adds up to $38,244.
- The 100 block of East Jefferson Street will be closed from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, for the Goshen Police Department’s Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony.
- Eighth Street Mennonite Church will close two alleys from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, for Eighth Street Preschool’s 40th anniversary celebration. The first alley runs parallel between Eighth and Ninth streets and perpendicular to Purl Street. The second alley runs perpendicular to Eighth and Ninth Streets.
- The board declared 1,284 dismantled brass water meters and two street department vehicles surplus property.
- The board approved an agreement with DLZ for a topographical survey of an alley reconstruction project near 1307 S. 11th St. Residents there have reported flooding issues in the alley. The survey will cost up to $3,250, according to the contract with DLZ.
- The board signed an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railroad and the Indiana Department of Transportation to install a grade crossing warning device at six railroad crossings. The final estimate for design, engineering and construction is roughly $1.77 million. The city will be responsible for 10 percent of the cost.
- Mayor Allan Kauffman declared Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 16, Bicycle to Work Week to encourage an environmentally sound form of transportation, fitness and families activities.
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