Detour in downtown Hobart to continue this week

2013-05-25T18:30:00Z 2013-05-25T20:24:11Z Detour in downtown Hobart to continue this weekDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The Main Street road closure south of City Hall will remain in place at least through mid-week, a city official said Friday.

"Hopefully by next week, if Mother Nature cooperates, we may be able to open up by the middle of the week," said Tim Kingsland, coordinator for the Hobart Sanitary District.

The closure and detour around the south end of the city's downtown was put in place April 1.

The closure was necessary to replace a sanitary sewer line under the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing between Fifth and Fourth streets, Kingsland said.

City officials estimated the work would take up to 45 days. Plans had been to reopen the closure last week.

Those plans didn't materialize after the project was delayed because of rain and additional work required, Kingsland said.

"The contractor is positive that they will have everything completed by Tuesday or Wednesday but, again, it depends on the weather," Kingsland said.

Finishing work, including road striping, could add more days to completion of the project.

In addition to the closure affecting the entrance to some businesses on South Main Street, the southernmost entrance to City Hall has been closed while work is going on, Kingsland said.

Those wanting to gain access to City Hall should enter using the northernmost entrance off Fourth Street.

Business at Hobart Gas, just yards from the roadwork, has slowed to a trickle since the April 1 Main Street road closure, employee Raf Hindi said.

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