(Originally published May 31, 2019)
AVILLA – The Town Of Avilla held a public meeting on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 at the Town Hall to inform the public about the Albion Street improvements project. Nate Pulver from Pulver Asphalt Paving, Inc., was at the meeting to talk about the work to be done. They estimate four to six months to complete the project and are scheduled to begin the end of June or the beginning of July. The project will be done in three phases, east of Baum Street, Baum Street to Main Street, and Main Street, west.
The section between Baum and Main streets will be the starting part with the initial focus being on the handicapped access ramps in front of 109 and 113 East Albion Street and 121 and 127 East Albion Street (approximately 96 feet long). They plan to complete one handicapped access ramp before starting on the other and estimate two to three weeks to complete the 109 and 113 ramps, and four weeks to complete the 121 and 127 ramps. Nate was hoping those residents that live in apartments in the work zone would attend the meeting so he could coordinate with them to try to accommodate their needs during the construction, but none were present.
During construction, they do not plan to keep any streets closed overnight. Their goal is to keep traffic flowing as much as possible. There will be detour signs but don’t plan to barricade the street unless it is necessary. Entrances to businesses and parking lots will be done in halves when possible to minimize disruption.
The gas company (NIPSCO) will also be replacing the gas mains in that three-block area beginning in June. Most of this work will be done by directional boring although some excavation will be required. The gas main is under the sidewalk on the south side of Albion Street and there are some lines that cross under the street to feed meters on the north side. Nate said that they are hoping that the gas line work is completed before they start.
Plans call for the installation of new LED lights to be installed and the old lights to be removed by Pulver Asphalt Paving, Inc. There are nine lights with arms to be removed and replaced as well as one light pole with a light and arm to be removed. The plans also call for a clock to be installed in the bump-out on the southeast corner of the Main and Albion intersection. The clock and the lights for the Albion Street improvement area have been ordered by the town and will be paid for with funds which had to be spent by the end of last year, and had to be encumbered to this year and specifically committed to the purchase of the clock and lights.
Pulver plans to stage materials at the new parking lot on the south side of Albion street as well as on the town property on Fourth Street. Triad Engineering provided a proposed layout for the new parking lot but no materials or work are included in the Albion Street Improvements Project.