City of Bedford, Indiana



Press Release-Downtown Streetscape-INDOT Funded Project - Work To Begin
Monday, March 13, 2017


PRESS RELEASE:  WORK ON INDOT FUNDED PROJECT TO BEGIN IN THE CITY OF BEDFORD

 

For Release on March 10, 2017

 

Contact:


Marla Jones,               

Director of Community & Business Development      

(812) 279-6555 - office                                  

(812) 279-0734 – mobile                                

mjones@bedford.in.us

 

Dan Kirk                     

Planning Director & Street Commissioner                   

(812) 279-6555 - office                                  

(812) 583-2626 – mobile                                

dkirk@bedford.in.us  


The City of Bedford has received over $2.6 million from the Indiana Department of Transportation for the Downtown Square streetscape project as part of the Indiana Stellar Community initiative and the Community Crossing Grant for road related improvements on Lincoln Avenue.   When bids for the combined Stellar Community streetscape and trail project exceeded estimates the two projects were separated and the streetscape project was given priority.  Construction on the Downtown Square streetscape will begin this month.  Planning for the project has included public meetings with input from downtown merchants regarding ways to make the downtown more business friendly.  In January, during two public meetings, representatives from the Lochmueller Group shared final renderings for the project and answered questions posed by citizens, government officials, and business owners.

 

Community Crossing Grant funds were designated by the Indiana State Legislature last year for road related projects.  These funds will allow the City of Bedford to implement improvements on Lincoln Avenue that address concerns of residents and business owners concerning traffic problems and condition of the roadway.  The project will include a roundabout, street grinding and paving, as well as new sidewalks.  Property has been acquired for this project on the southwest corner of John Williams Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue and the building on the property is being removed and relocated by the Bedford Parks Department for storage. 

 

Both projects are being planned with as few disruptions to citizens and businesses as possible.  While this is the case, during construction there are often times of inconvenience and disappointment.   At the pre-construction meeting this week contractors informed city officials that existing trees on the Downtown Square must be removed before construction begins.  It is anticipated that the trees on the Downtown Square will be removed the week of March 11th.   In addition, trees on the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue will be removed during the month of March so the existing broken and hazardous sidewalks can be replaced as part of the Lincoln Avenue project.  Both projects have been reviewed by the City of Bedford Tree Board, which guarantees that each tree will be replaced three to one as a 25 year member of Tree City USA.  Although new trees will be planted downtown as shown in the project drawings and on the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue it is not without emotion that this necessary step is being taken.   

 

City of Bedford staff and contractors are working to address the concerns of citizens and local businesses and will continue to do so throughout the 2017 construction season but remind everyone that this work requires commitment, patience, and understanding but in the end the results will be worth it.  Together we are Building a Better Bedford.

 

Individuals with questions regarding these projects may contact Marla Jones, Director of Community and Business Development, at mjones@bedford.in.us or Dan Kirk, Planning Director & Street Commissioner, at dkirk@bedford.in.us, or by calling City Hall at 812-279-6555.