NEW ALBANY —
The city has plans to add four additional traffic island extensions along State Street, and crews will perform soil boring tests in the area to ensure proper drainage methods are used to handle stormwater.
The New Albany Board of Public Works and Safety approved the request of the city-hired firm Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz on Tuesday to proceed with the boring tests. There are four curb extensions, also known as bump-outs, along State Street, and the city plans to add four more between Green Valley Road and Cherry Street.
A contractor will be hired to drill 20 feet into the ground to test the soil. Officials said they want to test the drainage for the existing curb extensions, and to examine the soil for the additional infrastructure.
The city added the bump-outs in 2011 as part of a $1 million improvement project for State Street. The curb extensions are intended to make crossing the street safer for pedestrians.
Additionally, the city may add a retaining wall off Cherry Street near State Street, officials said Tuesday. The project would include improvements to the landscape such as new trees.
City: Planters block access
After weeks of back and forth between New Albany Clean and Green President Irv Stumler and the city, Street Commissioner Mickey Thompson said Tuesday that 31 of the downtown planters added last year hamper access to pedestrian crossing buttons.
Thompson said he and Building Commissioner David Brewer haven’t had a chance to review the proposed locations for the 42 additional planters the organization wants to install.
Brewer wants to ensure the existing planters are either placed in a new location or moved out of the way of the crossing signals, Thompson said.
Stumler said he was “surprised” to hear the planters were blocking access to the buttons. He again pushed the city for a response on whether the additional planters can be added.