Portion of Main Street to be closed in downtown Hobart starting Monday

2013-03-26T19:00:00Z 2013-05-16T16:47:04Z Portion of Main Street to be closed in downtown Hobart starting MondayDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A portion of Main Street, south of City Hall, will be closed to traffic starting Monday, city officials announced.

The purpose of the closure is to allow replacement of an existing sanitary sewer line under the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing between Fifth and Fourth streets, said Tim Kingsland, Hobart Sanitary/Storm Water District coordinator.

"Due to the work involved, a portion of Main Street will need to be closed down for up to 45 days at the railroad crossing, and during that time, traffic will not be able to cross the tracks," Kingsland said.

Kingsland said he is hoping the work will be done sooner.

"Hopefully it won't be that long, but anytime there is a shovel in the ground you don't know," he said.

The sewer line being replaced is a main line and was determined to be in bad shape during a district inspection.

The cost of the work is being paid for through a low-interest state revolving fund loan.

The city has contracted with Gough Inc. to do the work. 

Informational signs have been placed on Main Street and affected businesses on Main Street have been contacted, Kingsland said.

Residents who need to conduct business at City Hall, 414 Main St., will be able to enter using the northernmost entrance at Main and Fourth streets.

The southernmost entrance to City Hall will be closed while work is going on, Kingsland said.

For more information about the closure, call Kingsland at (219) 942-3619.

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