Griffith plans Main Street makeover

2014-02-19T22:00:00Z 2014-02-19T23:16:05Z Griffith plans Main Street makeoverCHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent
February 19, 2014 10:00 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | A major face-lift is coming to Main Street this spring, the Town Council said Tuesday.

With engineering plans now complete, the Griffith Town Council unanimously voted to advertise for contractor bids.

The work on Main Street will be done from the bike trail east to Lafayette Street, Public Works Director Rick Konopasek said.

The work will involve decorative street lighting to match fixtures on Broad Street and include new sidewalks, curbs and a new road surface, Konopasek said. A new storm sewer will be installed at the Broad Street intersection.

The project will cost about $500,000, Konopasek said.

The town is hoping to have bids in 30 to 45 days and begin the work in the spring, he said.

"We're going to try and keep the road open" by doing one side at a time, Konopasek said.

Council President Rick Ryfa, R-3rd, said the sidewalks will feature paver bricks.

"The objective is to create a very inviting streetscape for those traveling by car, or using the bike trail, that will bring customers to our current and future businesses," he said.

In other business, the council approved promotions for four police officers.

Cpl. Ryan Bottiger was promoted to sergeant; Robert Gutierrez and Paul Sines go from patrolman to corporal; and former acting police chief, Sgt. Matt Moore, was assigned to the detective bureau.

"Congratulations to the officers," Ryfa said.

Police Chief Greg Mance said his department received a letter of thanks from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for the department's assistance during a major crash last month on Interstate 94.

The officers who responded were Lt. Jeff Gang, Patrolmen Al Tharp, Robert Carney and Kevin Strbjak.

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