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January 23, 2013

Spring Street entrance into New Albany getting new look

NEW ALBANY — The Spring Street entrance to New Albany from Clark County will be undergoing some noticeable changes. 

On Tuesday, the New Albany Board of Public Works and Safety OK’d submitting a proposal to reconfigure the medians, signage and to extend curbs along the route for construction bids. 

The plan is two-fold, as it will hopefully modify speed on Spring Street while also improving the aesthetics of the gateway. 

The lower and upper medians near the bridge that runs over Silver Creek would be changed under the plan. The guardrail and entrance sign on the upper median would be removed, and trees and shrubbery planted to enhance the appearance of the area. 

The lower median would be completely rebuilt under the plan, and the road shoulders would be eliminated in favor of curbs with trees to be added behind them. Curbs would be extended to near Beharrel Avenue if the proposal comes to fruition. 

John Rosenbarger, public works projects supervisor for New Albany, said the four-lane highway entrance from Clark County is unlike almost any other entrance onto a city street he’s encountered. Motorists can be confused when traveling on a four-lane highway before entering New Albany and its  30-mph speed limit on Spring Street, Rosenbarger said. 

“This is an effort to try and modify some speed ... and an appearance that says ‘hey, you’re coming onto a city street’,” he said. 

The project is estimated to cost between $150,000 and $200,000, and the board of works has slated a special meeting Feb. 5 to review bids. 

Mayor Jeff Gahan said he’s pleased with the design of the project, and believes some of the features could improve safety in the area in terms of reducing speed of vehicles entering New Albany. 

“I think everybody will agree that’s a much needed repair in the streetscape on Spring Street,” he said. 

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