Closing of Ivy Tech entrance delayed
IRoadwork will continue at Ind. 48 West, Daniels Way, but entry’s open
The main entrance to Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s campus will be open the first day of classes, thanks to pleas from chancellor John Whikehart.
Local contractor Crider & Crider Inc. has been working on the intersection of Ind. 48 West and Daniels Way and had planned to close it for 10 days starting Friday. Monday is the first day of classes.
Whikehart on Wednesday asked Steve Crider to wait until after classes began to close the intersection. Ivy Tech is expecting record enrollment and wants to make welcome week as smooth as possible.
“Steve was immediately very responsive to the situation and to my request,” Whikehart said. The intersection will now close Tuesday, Sept. 2 for 10 working days.
The intersection work is a small portion of the Ind. 48 Added Travel Lanes Project, part of Governor Mitch Daniels’ Major Moves Program, said Indiana Department of Transportation project engineer KimberLee Parker.
The project began in June 2007 and has an estimated completion date of May 2009, although Ind. 48 will be open in November, Parker said.
“At the intersection of Daniels Way, we are raising the grade a little bit and then smoothing out the pavement, in order to match Daniels Way to the new and improved — with added travel lanes — State Road 48,” Parker wrote in an e-mail. The intersection will also get new curbs and sidewalks.
The project includes a new sanitary sewer and a relocated and partial new waterline, in cooperation with city utilities.