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May 11, 2012

Jeffersonville will bid 10th Street projects

JEFFERSONVILLE — Three intersections along Jeffersonville’s 10th Street — at Avondale Court, Sportsman Drive and Vissing Park Drive — may soon see some improvements.

The Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission voted to put road work plans out for bid during a meeting Wednesday night. Plans for the road work had been developed on a request by the commission last year.

The highest priority project is at Vissing Park Drive, where a new traffic signal and new left and right turning lanes are to be added. It’s also the most expensive of the projects, expected to cost around $269,000.

Vissing Park itself is closed for construction right now. However, traffic is expected to increase as new softball fields, walking trails, basketball courts, a dog park and other additions are completed in the next few years.

The second major project is at Sportsman Drive, where traffic signal hardware would be upgraded and left and right turn lanes would be added. That project is expected to cost around $195,000.

Redevelopment Commission President Mike Hutt commented that there were a lot of accidents at the intersection.

Finally, a left turn lane would be added at 10th Street’s intersection with Avondale Court. Estimated at $67,000, city engineer Andy Crouch said it’s the smallest of the projects and could actually be handled by city crews if need be.

“We could probably have somewhat less costs,” if that were the case, he said. “Avondale doesn’t have a lot of traffic, but it’s still a dangerous intersection because there are no turn lanes.”

Redevelopment Commission member James Lake suggested that the commission might be able to get a good price on Avondale if it’s a part of a package. The commission decided to ask companies to submit individual bids for each project and a single bid for all the projects together.

Plans had also been developed for a fourth intersection, with Herb Lewis Road. That work was put on hold, however, as plans for an apartment complex near there are moving through the city’s development approval process.

All four of the intersections are north of the area of 10th Street where a resurfacing project is planned to take place in 2015. That project will widen and modernize 10th Street between Penn Street and Reeds Lane.

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