By BRADEN LAMMERS
Before homes are moved to make way for the new downtown span of the Ohio River Bridges Project, the contractors have asked for a little help from Jeffersonville.
Edwards Moving & Rigging Project Manager J.R. Hutchinson requested the city enforce temporary parking bans in front of two properties on Maple and Pearl streets, respectively.
Hutchinson said the two lots, 411 E. Maple St. and 309 Pearl St., always have cars parked in front of them and the contractors are not able to get their equipment on the property to begin digging around the footers to prepare them to be moved.
The lots are two of the locations where homes will be relocated as part of a settlement reached between the National Trust for Historic Preservation, conservancy group River Fields Inc., the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transportation to make way for the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The states’ transportation agencies agreed to dedicate $1.7 million to a historic preservation and enhancement fund.
The Jeffersonville Board of Public Works approved the request to have no parking in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7, in front of 411 E. Maple St. Alternate dates where the parking restrictions could be in effect were also approved for Wednesday through Friday, May 8-10, in case of inclement weather.
Parking restrictions were also approved for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, May 8-10, for 309 Pearl St., with alternates dates if Monday through Wednesday, May 13-15, in case of inclement weather.
Hutchinson said there would not be issues with the other locations where homes will be moved because they are either on corner lots or there is alternate access to the home.
The relocation plans are to move the home at 502 W. Market St. to a lot at 310 Mechanic St.; move a home at 432 W. Riverside Dr. to lots 307 and 309 Pearl St.; move a house on 502 W. Riverside Dr. to 411 W. Market St.; and move 115 Fort St. to 409 E. Maple St.
Hutchinson added that he received confirmation Wednesday after the board of public works meeting that a house at 116 Fort St. will be relocated to 626 E. 7th St. INDOT officials had been seeking a location for the home after a variance requested at the Jeffersonville Board of Zoning Appeals was denied.