Long Awaidet Railroad Overpass in Huntingburg Due to Open Later This Week

Hintingburg (NNDC):

Many people are excited about the railroad overpass to open in Huntingburg.

The overpass is expected to open at the end of this week, weather permitting. The improvements on 14th Street between U.S. 231 and Chestnut Street are mostly done; the road needs to be striped. Street Superintendent Jason Stamm hopes that will be done on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The overpass and the new roadway on either side, which runs from Styline Drive to the intersection of 14th and Chestnut streets, is named Progress Parkway. The parkway goes over the railroad tracks near 12th Street just east of the Industrial Park and has on its east side a walking path that will be part of the city’s Heritage Trail walking trail.

A little more work needs to be done before Progress Parkway is opened.  Along with the striping work and some grass seeding, a temporary four-way stop is being installed at 14th and Chestnut streets, to get drivers used to stopping at the intersection, especially those using Chestnut Street.  Ultimately, Chestnut Street traffic will stop at the intersection and 14th Street traffic will not have to stop.

The idea of having a way to bypass the train tracks has been around for years. A solution came in June 2013 when the city announced that the bypass would be built and mostly funded by the state. Construction on the overpass started in April 2017.

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. The city is covering the rest, including 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 ultimately cover 75 percent of those two projects’ costs.

While Progress Parkway is expected to open at the end of this week, a public dedication of the overpass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 14.

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