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November 13, 2013

Several projects progressing

GOSHEN — The bridge for the south link road, improvements to C.R. 38 and a bicycle path along new C.R. 17 received attention from the Goshen Redevelopment Commission Tuesday afternoon.

South Link Road

The commissioners acted on a couple of resolutions concerning the south link road.

Commissioners agreed to pay $20,000 for design review for the bridge that will go over the Norfolk Southern Railroad Marion Branch. The bridge design is nearly complete, according to City Engineer Mary Cripe. That means the required design review by Norfolk Southern’s consultant needs to begin.

INDOT requires that the city pay for the design review up front and then it will disburse that money to Norfolk Southern’s consultant as bills comes in.

Cripe also added that in regards to the right of way acquisition for the bridge project, which will connect Regent Street and Ind. 15, the environmental document should be approved within the next couple of weeks.

Once that approval is received, then city officials can advertise for a public hearing. She anticipates that hearing occurring in early January.

Once approval is given after the public hearing, she said, the city can begin with right of way acquisition, which will include appraisal problem analysis, appraisals, review appraisals, buying and relocation activities.

As for acquisition, the redevelopment commission approved the transfer of monies in the Southeast Tax Increment Finance Fund to help pay for right of way acquisition for the south link road. The transfer also includes money for the design of the Kercher Road project from the railroad tracks to C.R. 27, Cripe said, and the money needed to pay off a contractual obligation with Forest River. The commissioners approved transferring $680,000 from the capital projects line to other services and charges line ($5,000) and contractual services line ($675,000).

Kercher Road

Goshen and Elkhart County engineering departments are working on a nearly $2 million intersection improvement project at Ind. 15 (South Main Street) and Kercher Road.

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