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May 13, 2014

Speed limit lowered to 20 mph on Main Street in New Albany

Affected area includes work zone

NEW ALBANY — Motorists should notice a change in the speed limit along a section of Main Street as early as this week.

Wes Christmas, with Clark Dietz Inc. — the engineering firm which designed the East Main Street improvement project — asked the New Albany Board of Works on Tuesday to lower the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph in the work zone, from East Fifth Street to Vincennes Street. The board unanimously approved the request.

Last week J.B. Hawkins, who lives off East Main Street, told the board he was concerned with vehicle speed with construction crews working nearby. The board took Hawkins’ request under advisement, but approved the lower speed limit Tuesday.

“People need to get in the habit of slowing down on Main Street,” Hawkins said after the meeting. “People are still whizzing down Main. Now it’s a matter of the police department enforcing it.”

Christmas said the police department has had more of a presence in the work zone area. The lower speed limit will only be temporary — until the project is completed in September. MAC Construction and Excavating is the contractor in charge of the $2.3 million Main Street project, which spans from East Fifth Street to Vincennes Street. Christmas also told the board the project’s “ugly phase” will soon be completed, which will lead to the construction of new sidewalks and curbs in the area.


The board approved Family and Children’s Place request to host a 5K run fundraiser at Sam Peden Community Park and the surrounding streets. One lane of Cherokee Drive will be blocked as will the short section of Schell Lane which leads into the park for the race, which will be held Sept. 20. Organizers are hoping for 300 participants.


For the second year, a Pet Fair will be held on Bank Street, between Spring to Elm, on Saturday, July 19. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., but the one block area of Bank likely will be blocked from 3:30 to 10 p.m. for set up and tear down.

Organizer Lauren Howard said there likely will be 25 vendors at the event.


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