The Huntingburg Common Council approved a bid for $3,443,239 from Milestone Contractors of Bloomington to complete the construction of the Fourth Street Heritage Trail.
Milestone Contractors of Bloomington was the low bid on the project that engineers had estimated would cost about $3.74 million. As part of the Stellar Communities grant program, the city had budgeted $3.32 million for the project that was to be funded from the city’s tax increment finance funds as well as donations made to the Dubois County Community Foundation for the project.
Mayor Denny Spinner explained two developments that would lower the cost of the project and allow for some of the alternatives to be included on the renovation of the city’s iconic street. The bid includes the addition of a new traffic signal at the intersection of 4th and Main Street/U.S. 231 for about $140,000. That amount will be refunded to the city by the Indiana Department of Transportation since it would have been included in a planned resurfacing of U.S. 231/Main Street in 2020.
Additionally, the city was awarded a $200,000 grant through Radius Indiana’s Regional Impact Fund. Radius is an economic development group serving 11 counties in Southern Indiana.
Spinner explained that the additional funding allows the project to include elements like the permeable pavers in the plan that were removed and set aside as an alternative to the base bid to save money on the project as well as cover contingencies that occur and necessary inspections.
With the bid approval, Milestone is expected to begin work on the project in January with completion in 2020. Construction is set to be completed enough to facilitate the 2019 Christmas Stroll.
The updated streetscape will include modified parking areas that can be reconfigured for additional seating and special events on the street and sidewalk area. The sidewalk will include a walking/biking trail that connects to the Heritage Trail, a citywide path designed to increase the walkability of the entire city by connecting the northern area to Niehaus Park and Fourth Street.
The council also entered into an agreement with INDOT to add pavers through the intersection of 4th and U.S. 231/Main streets as part of the project.