Detour through Hobart expected to end Wednesday

2013-05-18T18:14:00Z 2013-05-24T11:53:03Z Detour through Hobart expected to end WednesdayDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Business at Hobart Gas has slowed to a trickle since the April 1 Main Street road closure south of City Hall, Raf Hindi said.

Hindi, an employee at the gas station, 950 Water St., said customers have had trouble gaining access to the business.

During the past four days, because of the closure, trucks couldn't bring fuel to the station south of City Hall and just yards north of the detour sign.

"It will be a welcome day when Main Street is reopened," Hindi said.

Main Street should be reopened and the work completed by Wednesday, City Engineer Phil Gralik said.

The closure south of City Hall was necessary to replace a sanitary sewer line under the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing between Fifth and Fourth streets, said Tim Kingsland, Hobart Sanitary/Storm Water District coordinator.

Kingsland estimated the work would take up to 45 days.

Gralik said the project took a little longer because once work was started additional problems were discovered.

"So we decided to fix it," Gralik said.

The southernmost entrance to City Hall also has been closed while work is going on, Kingsland said.

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

The detour created problems early on, so Police Chief Rick Zormier requested a four-way stop sign be put in at 5th and Center streets on a temporary basis while a portion of Main Street was closed for sewer repairs, officials said.

Zormier said there have been additional accidents at 5th and Center streets because drivers are using it as a detour around the sewer repairs on Main Street.

Those accidents were reduced after the four-way stop was put in place, Zormier said.

"Everyone will be happy when the road is opened again," Zormier said.

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