Bloomington, Indiana- Many infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress. City departments are coordinating with each other, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors.
PARKS & LEISURE
Switchyard Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
Parks and Recreation staff, Mayor John Hamilton, and special guests will officially open Switchyard Park and unveil a new dedication item, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bosque of Switchyard Park (just east of the Switchyard Pavilion Park). The public is invited and welcome.
Celebrate Lower Cascades Park
“Celebrate Lower Cascades Park” takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on September 18. This special event celebrates Lower Cascades Park, its history as Bloomington’s first city park, and the completion of the shoreline and trail stabilization project that improves the park’s accessibility for everyone. visitors. Activities include rubber duck floats on Cascade Creek, guided walks to the park’s iconic waterfall, free caricatures, live music, and lawn and garden games. Guest speakers will begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and all are invited and welcome.
Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park
Contractors are on site this week to remove damaged masonry from the stage in Waldron, Hill and Buskirk parks. The stage was closed in late 2021 when cracks developed in the support columns. Repairs and restoration of the masonry will begin after the removal of the damaged sections of the columns. The stage will reopen once the repairs are complete.
Hidden River Trail Project
The two-year project to rebuild downtown stormwater infrastructure to deal with flooding during rain events continues. Contractor Milestone is completing the new culvert under Grant St between Kirkwood and 4th and in the driveway south of Grant. Grant continues to be closed from 4th to Kirkwood. The driveway on the east side of Grant, between Trinity Church and the Longfei Restaurant, will remain closed.
The City will continue to coordinate with other construction and road projects as it rebuilds 1,829 feet of culverts to protect downtown residential and commercial buildings. This project is on track for completion by the February 2023 deadline. For more information on the project, visit: bloomington.in.gov/utilities/hidden-river.
Businesses on 4th and Grant are still open as this project continues around them. They welcome customers and taking the time to visit them can allow residents to see what is going on with this project. Businesses in the affected area include The Venue, Siam House, Little Tibet, Burma Garden, Korea Restaurant, Oak, My Thai, DO Asian Fusion, Dat’s, B-Town Gyros, Healthy Hoosiers, Bali Cafe, Storm Real Estate, Longfei, Parlor Donuts, Soma Coffeehouse and Taste of India.
The Street Division paving crew began to resurface on W 12th Street from Monroe to Lindbergh. This project is expected to be completed during the week of September 19. After the completion of W 12th Street, the division will begin street milling on N Summit Street from 12th to 13th. The sidewalk crew continues to install ADA compliant ramps on Mill Stone Drive and Mill Stone Court in front of the paving crew.
Changing the speed limit
City Council recently approved speed limit changes on Rogers Street (Patterson Drive to 11th Street), Madison Street (11th Street to 17th Street), Henderson Street (1st Street to Atwater Avenue) and Indiana Avenue (Atwater Avenue to 17th Street) as recommended by the city traffic commission. Based on an assessment of the existing features, context and land use adjacent to these streets, posted speed limits will be updated from 30 mph to 25 mph. Department of Public Works staff will be replacing speed limit signs over the next few weeks.
Hopewell Phase 1 East
The landscape of the site has changed a lot this week. Foundation removal is being completed on the demolished structures. Transportation of materials for disposal and recycling will continue over the next few weeks. The next building slated for demolition is 635 Rogers Street.
The Hopewell Phase 1 East project site is bounded by 2nd Street to the north, 1st Street to the south, B-Line to the east and Rogers Street to the west. Additional information about the project and the contractor can be found at the following links: https://bton.in/mRp~I, hopewellbloomington.org & renaissanceinc.com/
Demolition of the poplar IU building
Due to the current phase of demolition of the Indiana University Poplars building on 7th Street, west of campus, N Grant Street will be closed between 6th and 7th E September 6-20. The sidewalks adjacent to the building will also be closed during each of these closures. Closures will be 24 hours a day.
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