By JOHN KLINE
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Numerous intersections in Goshen will soon be upgraded to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards following a meeting of the Goshen Board of Works and Safety Monday afternoon.
During Monday’s meeting, Goshen engineer Mary Cripe informed the board that Elkhart County, the city of Elkhart and the city of Goshen have received Federal Highway Safety Improvement Project (HSIP) grant funding and entered into an agreement for various traffic signal improvements, seven of which will directly impact intersections within the city of Goshen.
According to Cripe, sidewalk ADA improvements are needed at each of the seven intersections in order to be in compliance with current ADA regulations. She added that the improvements must be completed by Sept. 1 of this year.
A list of the seven Goshen intersections slated for upgrades includes:
• Lincoln Avenue and Indiana Avenue;
• Lincoln Avenue and Chicago Avenue;
• Lincoln Avenue and Second Street;
• Lincoln Avenue and Third Street;
• Third Street and Washington Street;
• College Avenue and 15th Street; and
• College Avenue and Greencroft Boulevard.
When asked why those seven specific intersections were identified in the agreement, Cripe said the city now only has eight traffic signals — seven of which are included in the agreement — that are city-owned and operated, while all of the other traffic signals within Goshen are state-owned and operated.
As for the eighth traffic signal, located at the intersection of Dierdorff and Kercher roads, Cripe told the board it was not included in the agreement due to the fact that the intersection already uses more modernized equipment including LED lighting and does not have any sidewalks.
In light of that fact, the board Monday voted to approve a contract with CHA Companies at a cost not to exceed $50,600 for the topographic survey, design plans and specifications, utility coordination, bid phase services and construction phase services needed for the ADA upgrades at the seven intersections.
In other business, the board:
• Approved a right-of-way permit application by the Indianapolis-based consulting firm Keramida for the installation of eight additional monitoring wells at the former Eagle Uniform Facility located at 117 W. Jefferson St., Goshen. According to officials with the Goshen Engineering Department, the wells will be used to determine if there is any environmental contamination in that area resulting from the past operation of the uniform facility.
• Accepted the amended post-construction plan for the Supreme Corporation Spring 2012 Improvement Project located at 2581 E. Kercher Road, Goshen.
• Approved a contract with Hydro Meter Service Inc. for the testing and repair of 149 city cold water meters at a cost of $23,840.
• Accepted bids for the planned downtown parking lot surface seal project. Submitting bids for the project were: Super Seal Asphalt Maintenance with a bid of $12,652; Quality Asphalt Paving with a bid of $12,960; ARS with a bid of $12,960; and Arnt Asphalt Sealing with a bid of $17,820. The bids were referred to the Goshen Engineering Department for a recommendation.