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City moving forward on Lafayette Avenue project

Tribune-Star - 1/9/2018

Jan. 09--Bids are expected to be let in April for the first of two phases for a Lafayette Avenue reconstruction project in northern Terre Haute.

The Terre Haute Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday approved $37,500 in design fees for HWC Engineering Inc. of Terre Haute for that project, which includes a hydraulic report and Americans with Disabilities Act plan updates, as well as designing the project in two phases.

"The whole project goes from Fort Harrison Avenue to Haythorne Avenue, but due to some fiscal constrains within our [metropolitan planning organization], we don't have the money to do it all at once, so we spit it into two phases," said Larry Robbins, assistant city engineer.

The board also approved construction inspection services with HWC Engineering not to exceed $346,775 for phase one and $345,555 for phase two of the Lafayette reconstruction project.

Phase one, estimated at $3 million, includes reconstructing Lafayette Avenue from Fort Harrison to just south of railroad tracks. Then a section from 25th Street to Haythorne Avenue, which includes a retention pond for storm water. It includes a widening of the road to include a continuous turn lane for businesses.

Phase two, to be let for bid in July 2019 and estimated at $3.2 million, will be from the tracks north to 25th Street, Robbins said.

In other business, the board approved an inspection agreement for the city's engineering department for an Indiana 46 mass grading and regional drainage project. The engineering fee is 10 percent of the more than $1.7 million project. The board approved the engineering fee at $179,700.

--It approved a business energy savings project for the Terre Haute Fire Department. The fire department will pay about $23,000 to have light fixtures replaced with more efficient LED lighting fixtures. Fire Chief Jeff Fisher said at least three fire houses will have 38 fixtures replaced with just 19 fixtures.

The project is expected to save the city $22,000 annually in lighting costs.

Additionally, all lights and fixtures replacements are covered for five years.

--It also approved a request from Delta Sigma Theta sorority and The Verve to close Wabash Avenue from Sixth to Seventh streets 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. on April 28 during a spring music festival.

--It also approved a request from Blues at the Crossroads Festival to close Wabash Avenue from Sixth to Eighth streets and Seventh Street from the alley just north and south of Wabash Avenue from 7 a.m.Sept. 14 to 4 a.m.Sept. 16.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com. Follow on Twitter@TribStarHoward.


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