Two Terre Haute road projects approved for changes

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Monday, several road projects were sent to the Terre Haute Board of Works for approval, one of those being an accelerated timeline for the work being done on the 1st, Hulman, and Prairieton Road intersection. This was a project that was originally set to be finished this September.

“March 4th is where we got the notice to proceed, that put the completion date in the middle of September. You know that’s a long time to have an intersection like that closed,” said Brad Utz, city inspector.

Drivers who travel along 1st and Hulman can now expect the intersection to re-open months earlier. This comes after the Board of Works approved $16,000 in funds to have the project finished in July. Utz says this is not only important because the area is heavily traveled but it also prevents this project from interfering with another.

“We have a project coming up, a main lift station job. Part of that is to run a force main from the current access to the main lift station down to the treatment plant. So during that time there’s going to be a closure on Prairieton Road as well. What I didn’t want was a long period of time of both of these going on at the same time,” Utz said.

The work near 1st and Hulman isn’t the only road project that may benefit drivers, as the board also approved the installation of street lights along the Margaret Avenue overpass.

“They were originally taken out of the initial project and we’ve worked out a deal with duke energy for the installation of these street lights,” said Chuck Ennis, city inspector.

Ennis says Duke Energy has allowed the city to pay for the lighting through their electric bill and he believes the lights which will run from 14th and Margaret to 25th and Margaret will be critical for safety.

“It’s kind of dark in that area, there’s not a lot of street lighting and with the elevated roadway, you’re not getting any other street lighting. So it’s a little dark up there. So for safety reasons we’ve added the lights,” Ennis said.

The $16,000 that were approved for the 1st and Hulman project will be used to help the contractor pay their employees overtime and other costs associated with an accelerated timeline.

No date has been set for the installation of street lights on Margaret Avenue.

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