Stellar projects begin Monday in North Vernon

Construction activities for North Vernon Stellar Community projects will require some street closures on Monday.

Harry Maginity, spokesman for the Indiana Department on Transportation, says that the work has been pushed back by rain delays. He says that MAC Construction plans to pave Madison Avenue, weather permitting, between the CSX railroad tracks at O & M Avenue and U.S. Highway 50. The roadway is scheduled to close Monday morning. Once the paving has been finished, the road will be reopened to traffic. Maginity says that other work is to come in the future, including the installation of thermo-plastic pavement markers. He adds that this work is part of the $2.2 million Streetscape Project, which includes full-depth street reconstruction, storm and sanitary sewer installation, construction of sidewalks with ADA-compliant curb ramps, placement of ornamental lighting and landscaping.

Monday is also the first day of a 120-day closure for Fifth Street reconstruction between the railroad tracks and U.S. 50, says Maginity. He says that crews are being scheduled to remove the pavement. Maginity notes that this $798,594 Fifth Street Project also calls for street construction with ADA-complaint sidewalks, water main, irrigation system, landscaping and decorative lighting.

Funding for Stellar Community projects has been provided by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Department of Transportation.