New Chicago receiving new traffic light courtesy of federal grant

2013-02-16T18:43:00Z New Chicago receiving new traffic light courtesy of federal grantBy Deborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

NEW CHICAGO | The town has received a green light to upgrade a traffic signal at Michigan Avenue and Huber Boulevard to make it pedestrian-friendly, officials said.

"This is definitely a plus in our little community," Deputy Clerk Rebecca "Sis" Williams said.

The traffic signal upgrade and improvements will be paid for through a $275,000 federal grant.

The town learned last fall through the Indiana Department of Transportation that the grant proposal had been approved, Williams said. 

The 80/20 grant requires the town to pick up 20 percent of the project and the federal government the remainder.

Town officials have selected the Troyer Group out of Mishawaka as engineer for the project, Williams said.

The project is set for bid letting on March 12, 2014.

"Construction would follow once contracts are awarded," Williams said.

The traffic signal will allow pedestrians to push a button when needing to cross the intersection and it will be handicap accessible. It will be used by residents as well as children from nearby River Forest schools.

In addition to the new traffic signal, the project will also entail widening and improvements to the intersection, Williams said.

"We're really tickled. It will be a nice intersection when completed," Williams said.



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