Stellar Communities project begin soon in North Vernon

The contractor for North Vernon Stellar Community construction has scheduled street closures for two of projects associated with the “Stellar Communities” initiative. Harry Maginity, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), says the closings are as follows:

• Madison Avenue will close for three days beginning Monday, May 9, weather permitting, for cleaning, paving and application of thermoplastic pavement markings between the CSX railroad tracks at O & M Avenue and U.S. Highway 50. Maginity says that the work is part of the $2.2 million Streetscape Project and includes full-depth street reconstruction and resurfacing, storm and sanitary sewer installation, placement of ornamental lighting and landscaping. He adds that the project also includes the construction of sidewalks with curb ramps that comply with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

• Fifth Street will close for up to 120 days beginning Monday, May 16, for pavement removal and replacement between U.S. 50 and the railroad tracks. Maginity says that this $798,594 Fifth Street Project includes ADA-complaint sidewalks, water main, irrigation system, landscaping and decorative lighting.

Maginity explains that funding for Stellar Community projects has been provided by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and INDOT.