Adams Street Project Completed 3 Months Early

MARION, IN: (July 21st, 2016) – A comprehensive road improvement project in Marion was be completed three months ahead of schedule, providing improved quality of life and safer travel for surrounding residents, businesses, college students, and those who pass through. The project began in October of last year, and entailed the resurfacing and realignment of Adams between 33rd and 38th Streets by 10 feet to accommodate a new ADA-compliant sidewalk on the west side of the street (where no sidewalk existed previously), new curbs, gutters, striping, improved storm drains, water main and sewer lines, new green space, mailboxes, signage, and even a new asphalt walking trail from 38th Street to the Cardinal Greenway trail system.

The total cost of the project was $2.1 million, 80% funded by INDOT, and 20% funded through the Community Revitalization Enhancement District (CReED) program.

City of Marion Head of Engineering, Mike Graft, said he’s thrilled to be significantly ahead of schedule so that residents may take advantage of the improved roads, sidewalks and new trail, and businesses can once again thrive. “Penguin Point even took the time to remodel their restaurant during the construction period,” said Graft.

The project was part of the strategic plan for the City, having been a topic of discussion and planning over the past four years. City planners also wanted to give a residential feel to workers of Café Valley, a baked goods production company which expanded from their home base in Phoenix, Arizona to one of Marion’s CReED districts in 2014. The stretch of Adams Street now has sidewalks on both sides, and has been narrowed from 34 to 24 ft., which encourages traffic to slow, and incites more pedestrian activity.

Crews finished striping and cleaning the work site and officially opened the road between 33rd and 38th Streets at 8am this (Thursday) morning.

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