One speed limit set for entire bypassSeptember 16, 2021
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — The speed limit along all of Progress Parkway will be 25 miles per hour.
Huntingburg Common Council members approved lowering the speed limit from 35 to 25 miles per hour on all of Progress and on Styline Drive from State Road 64 to 12th Street. That will make the speed limit on that entire stretch of road, from U.S. 231 to State Road 64, 25 miles per hour.
Progress Parkway was built as a railroad tracks overpass and connects Styline to the intersection of 14th and Chestnut streets. By doing this, drivers can avoid a train-blocked U.S. 231 by turning onto 14th and accessing the parkway to travel to State Road 64, which is on the other side of the railroad tracks.
The speed limit change was done for safety reasons. Street Superintendent Jason Stamm told the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety that drivers are already speeding in that area, and that lowering the speed limit would be a good thin to do. The matter came up as a request from OFS. The company is expanding its parking lot on the east side of Styline, which means more pedestrians will be crossing the road. The public works board recommended the change.
Mayor Steve Schwinghamer said that the state is allowing signs to be installed on U.S. 231 and State Road 64 to direct drivers to the bypass when a train is stopped on the tracks and blocking U.S. 231. One sign will be on U.S. 231 south of State Road 64, facing northbound drivers. The other two will be on State Road 64 on either side of Styline Drive, for eastbound and westbound drivers. Wednesday morning, the public works board gave Schwinghamer permission to sign the needed documents to get those installed.
The council also:
• Heard Schwinghamer proclaim Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Huntingburg.
• Heard that the city received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for future wastewater system improvements. The city is waiting to hear about federal grant funding it has applied for, Schwinghamer said.
• Adopted the $696,000 appropriation of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.
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