GOSHEN — A part of Kercher Road will remain closed until July 16 while a contractor continues working on the intersection improvement project at U.S. 33.
The Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety approved the engineering department’s request to allow the west side of Kercher Road to be closed to traffic at a meeting Monday, July 7.
Utilities Engineer Dustin Sailor explained that U.S. 33 and Kercher Road is usually congested on business days. Closing the west side of Kercher will allow the contractor, C&E Excavating, to complete the project on time.
A detour was set up on Eisenhower Drive North for both directions of traffic during construction.
The board approved to declare a state of emergency for the city because of damage from the July 1 storm. Street Commissioner Denny Long said the declaration of emergency will help speed the process for the street department to secure additional equipment, like wood chippers, to remove storm-related debris.
The board awarded the 2014 asphalt paving project contract to Phend & Brown Inc., one of four companies that offered bids for the project. Here are the bids that were submitted:
- Phend and Brown: Base bid, $263,747.59; alternative asphalt paving bid, $131,100.04.
- Niblock Excavating: Base bid, $264,302.50; alternative asphalt paving bid, $142,065.
- Rieth-Riley: Base bid, $282,933.50; alternative asphalt bid, $147,816.50.
- Walsh and Kelly: Base bid, $297,984; alternative asphalt bid, $117,310.98.
The streets that will be paved as part of the project are:
- Fifth Street from Madison Street to Jefferson Street
- Colorado Drive from Nebraska Drive to Pike Street
- Kansas Drive from Nebraska Drive to Pike Street
- Wilden Avenue from First Street to Main Street
- Roundabout at Dierdorff Road and Keystone Drive
- Plymouth Avenue from Main Street to US 33
The board accepted a letter of resignation, effective Aug. 1, from Pvt. Brian Wogoman of the Goshen Fire Department. Fire Chief Dan Sink told the board Wogoman worked with the fire department for about five years, and that the reason Wogoman resigned was because he got a private offer from his family business.
The board also gave Sink permission to present a conditional offer of employment to Camden Bontrager. Bontrager will start working at the fire department as probationary firefighter for a year. Bontrager volunteers at the Elkhart Township Fire Department.
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