GOSHEN — Driving near the Kercher Road/U.S. 33 intersection southeast of Goshen could be a bit tricky before the 4th of July holiday following a ruling by the Goshen Board of Works and Safety Monday afternoon.
During Monday’s meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a request by the Goshen Engineering Department to allow for the closure of the east and west Kercher Road approaches at U.S. 33 starting Monday through Friday, July 4.
According to Goshen Utilities Engineer Dustin Sailor, the brief closure is needed in order to allow for safer and easier construction of storm sewer lines and the roadway at the intersection.
“C & E Excavating is currently working on the intersection improvement of U.S. 33 and Kercher Road,” Sailor said. “This intersection is typically congested during normal business days. However, several of the factories are shutting down the production lines for the July 4 holiday week.”
Due to the closures being requested so close to the July 4 holiday, Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman suggested the board modify the request to state that C & E will be granted permission to close the approaches through July 4, but only if the company agrees to work on July 4. That way, if the company plans on closing for the holiday, they will only be allowed to close the approaches through July 3.
The board agreed, and the request was approved unanimously.
In other business, the board approved:
• A change order for the intersection improvements at Kercher Road and U.S. 33 extending the project by an additional 35 days for a final completion date of Aug. 1 due to a delay in necessary utility relocation.
• A request by Goshen Fire Chief Dan Sink for the promotion of Scott A. Thomas to the rank of Inspector for the Goshen Fire Department. The promotion is retroactive to June 20.