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November 10, 2013

What's best for work on Charlestown Pike in Jeffersonville?

Road closure questions expected to be presented to residents

JEFFERSONVILLE — It’s likely to become a question for neighbors — deal with construction for four to six weeks or have five days of nonstop roadwork outside their windows.

The option is expected to be presented to neighbors of the Woehrle Youth Athletic Complex.

Matt Gullo, with Kovert Hawkins, presented the options to the Parks Authority earlier this week to reconstruct Charlestown Pike. As part of the project to construct the Woehrle complex, road improvements include: Installing 100-foot turn lanes on Charlestown Pike in both directions into the complex and adding a left turn lane off of Charlestown Pike into Creekstone Ridge; plans to move the main entrance to the park to line up with Silver Slate Drive; flattening out a rise in the road to improve sightlines.

The estimated cost for the road work was $500,000.

Gullo said while there is no difference in cost, the two options proposed were: Shut down the road for five days, allowing the contractor to work 24-hours-a-day to complete the road project; or follow a more traditional road construction plan, with lane restrictions, but not closing down the road for four to six weeks.

Gullo said if the parks authority wanted to have the work completed this year, they would have to have an answer soon. If it gets too far into the winter months, the asphalt plants will cease production and the project would have to shut down until the spring.

There were several other concerns for the parks authority, including what kind of impact the road closure or restriction would have on traffic with other area routes also being restricted. There construction work taking place on Ind. 62 near Ind. 265 because of the ongoing work for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

But the larger concerns for the parks authority were the impact to the neighborhoods off of Charlestown Pike, how the residents would feel about a 24-hour construction schedule and potential concerns about public safety.

Parks Authority Vice President Matt Owen questioned whether or not police and fire departments would have adequate access with the road closed. That question was answered by public safety officials at the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday.

Jeffersonville Police Chief Chris Grimm suggested shutting the road down from Utica-Sellersburg Road to Veterans Parkway and open the road to local traffic only during the suggested five-day closure.

Parks Authority Member Bryan Glover suggested that if the city opts to close down the road for five days, it could wait until spring break 2014, so that would be less of an impact on residents and school bus routes. By entertaining the construction next spring, it would also allow the city to host a public meeting to hear what the preference is of the neighborhoods affected.

No date was set for a neighborhood meeting, but city officials said they would schedule one before a decision on the road construction is made.

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