NEW ALBANY — The deluge of rain this week has slowed several road projects around New Albany, but has not caused any real problems in the city.

Chris Gardner, New Albany's director of flood control, said only the intersection at Scribner Drive and Elm Street had to close for a short time following a heavy rain event. That area will soon be repaired, he told the New Albany Board of Works & Public Safety Tuesday. He said a contractor has already been hired to "fix the problem" by the end of the summer.

Various rain gauges around the city had New Albany picking up a total anywhere from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 half inches of rain in recent days, he said, with more on the way.

STOP SIGN

Larry Summers, city engineer, said a stop sign being requested by a resident for 13th Street, at Spring Street, likely will be denied. He said a side street would have to have a substantial amount of traffic to warrant a stop sign and 13th Street won't qualify.

He also said stop signs should not be used as a speed control mechanism.

ROAD WORK

Many road projects won't see much progress this week due to the rain forecasted for the area. However, milling will continue at several locations including Green Valley Road, Farrington, Watkins Prairie and Industrial Boulevard, in preparation for paving.

Cherokee Drive will be open to local traffic only beginning Thursday through next week so crews can repair driveway approaches.

ICE CREAM TRUCK

It looks like an ice cream truck will be roaming city streets as early as next week.

Cool Treats, LLC plans to begin operation as soon as its truck is inspected by police and permit approved by the board which could come as early as June 25.

Chris Morris is an assistant editor at the News and Tribune. Contact him via email at chris.morris@newsandtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NAT_ChrisM.

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