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August 21, 2013

Plug-in anytime on Chestnut Street in Jeffersonville

Change order bumps up project’s cost, still under budget

JEFFERSONVILLE — Chestnut Street has cost more than the city has expected, but the gateway project still remains under its estimated budget.

Another change order was presented to the Jeffersonville Board of Public Works Wednesday for $3,335.

Grant Administrator Delynn Rutherford requested the additional funding in order to be able to use outlets on light poles being installed along the corridor. The additional funding will allow the outlets to be used anytime, rather than having power on only when the street lights are operating.

“Right now, they’re activated when the lights come on at night,” Rutherford said. “That would be the only time you could use the plug-in. Now, you would be able to use them during the day, or anytime we want.”

The change order was approved bringing the grand total for the project up to $491,527.

The total project cost was estimated at $500,000. Jeffersonville received a $250,000 Main Street Revitalization grant from the state to help pay for half of the road project. The Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission and Urban Enterprise Zone are covering the remaining cost.

Pace Contracting LLC President Tom Wood said previously that Chestnut Street will be closed for 60 days for its reconstruction and it is expected to reopen Sept. 15.

HISTORY TRAVELING TO JEFFERSONVILLE

As part of a historical event being held in Indiana, Jeffersonville will host Hoosier students and give them a glimpse of the region’s Underground Railroad.

Maxine Brown, an organizer with the Indiana African American Heritage Trail, said the group is collaborating with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which his hosting its annual meeting in Indianapolis this year.

“In connection with their annual meeting each year they do a youth summit,” she said. “This year, the youths are coming to talk about the Underground Railroad in southern Indiana.”

As part of the summit, a request was approved to use the City Council Chambers in City Hall to meet with state Sen. Ron Grooms, R-Jeffersonville, on Saturday, Oct. 5.

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