Huntingburg Rail Road Overpass Due to Open Soon in November

Huntingburg (NNDC):

The long awaited railroad overpass in Huntingburg is days away from opening.

A public dedication is scheduled for Nov. 14, however it  be opening the road to traffic as soon as it is deemed complete by the street department and the contractor.  An early-November opening is expected, but the exact date depends on weather conditions to allow paving on 14th Street.”

The overpass will go over the railroad tracks near 12th Street, just east of the Industrial Park, and have on its east side a walking path that will be part of the city’s Heritage Trail walking trail.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is covering 80 percent of the project’s $5.9 million cost; of the 20 percent left, Dubois County is covering 10 percent, up to $1 million, and the city is covering the other 10 percent. Construction on the overpass started in April 2017.

The overpass will address one of the biggest problems people driving through Huntingburg face. with the railroad running through the middle of the city. When a train comes through, traffic on the streets that the tracks cross must wait until the train passes.

The city is covering the $311,000 cost to reconstruct the intersection of 14th and Chestnut streets, and the $113,000 cost to mill and pave 14th. Those projects have been submitted as part of the city’s application for Community Crossings funding. If approved, INDOT would cover 75 percent of the projects’ costs.

City officials anticipate 14th Street being used by drivers who use the new railroad overpass to avoid U.S. 231 if there is a train on the track, which is why it is vital for the paving work on 14th be done before the overpass is opened.

 

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