Redevelopment board hears planned road projects

2013-03-18T19:02:00Z 2013-03-18T21:47:35Z Redevelopment board hears planned road projectsSusan Erler, (219) 662-5336

CROWN POINT | Improvements to two streets in evolving parts of Crown Point are planned using funding help from redevelopment dollars.

The Redevelopment Commission Monday agreed to commit up to $350,000 to a project to repave and repair curbs and gutters on East Street between North and Wells streets.

The commission also gave verbal backing to the potential use of redevelopment dollars for proposed improvements along Summit Street, including a possible traffic signal at Summit and Madison streets and a possible additional lane to ease traffic flow at Summit and Main streets.

No cost estimate had yet been determined for the Summit Street improvements, officials said.

East Street, one block east of the square, helps feed traffic into the retail district, including a new library which opened in October, Crown Point Mayor David Uran said.

"It provides connectability to get people into the downtown," Uran said.

A traffic signal at Summit and Madison streets would improve traffic conditions at the intersection, near where Illinois-based Van Drunen Farms has purchased the 125,000-square-foot former Dawn Food Products plant, at 1300 E. Summit St., for expansion of its business.

"We want to have a visionary approach" to developing the area, Uran said.

Improving East Street had been on a wish list for years but the cost would have consumed the city's annual road repaving budget, and the strictly local road is not eligible for federal funding, officials said in seeking redevelopment dollars for the work.

A traffic signal at Summit and Madison streets and improvements at Summit and Main streets would be in addition to a traffic signal already planned at Summit Street and Merrillville Road.

Funding of the traffic signal is to be 80 percent paid by the Congestion Management and Air Quality federal transportation project, which helps cover the cost of projects that reduce transportation-related emissions.

The project is being overseen by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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