LIMA — Bellefontaine Avenue, which is currently closed due to ongoing construction of the Elm Street underpass, is set for a partial reopen in April as construction crews finalize work on a portion of the project’s associated roundabout.
Assistant City Engineer Eric Bontrager provided an update to the two-year-long project during the City of Lima’s weekly press conference held on Wednesday.
“The curbs are currently being installed on the roundabout portion of the project,” Bontrager said. “Those curbs should be installed by the end of today. Once the curbs are installed, the contractor will continue to work on the concrete work — the installed driveways and sidewalks in that same area. Once those are complete, paving will take place.”
Paving on the roundabout is expected to begin on April 6, and a portion of the project will be opened up for through-traffic later that month.
The move will then free up the area where the temporary road is currently located to complete the remaining portion of the project. The final completion date is set for the end of June, Bontrager said.
Once completed, the $13.8 million project will have replaced the three-street intersection connecting Calumet Avenue, Bellefontaine Avenue and Elm Street with a roundabout meant to increase safety and reduce accidents. Elm Street will also be re-opened, and the underpass, which vehicles can currently access, will allow drivers to more easily maneuver across town when a train is stopped on the Indiana & Ohio Railroad tracks.
Initial planning for the project began in 2005, and groundbreaking was held April 30, 2018. Since that time, the project has remained on schedule except for complications caused by the need to relocate an unreported CenturyLink fiber line.
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