Work begins on Fourth Street redesign

With the redesign of Fourth Street in Huntingburg, businesses will have the option of outdoor seating.


HUNTINGBURG — Fourth Street from U.S. 231 to Jackson Street is scheduled to close to vehicular traffic today so that anticipated remodeling of Fourth Street can start.

Businesses will remain open and pedestrian traffic is still welcomed. Clearly marked pedestrian walkways will be open and available for visitors.

The intersection of Fourth and Jackson streets will also be closed to drivers.

This is Phase 1 of the project. In each phase, work on the trench drain in the middle of the street will be done first, project manager Brent Foster of Bloomington contractor Milestone Contractors, said previously. After that, the parking and drive lanes will be under construction. When that is done, work will be done on the intersection while sidewalk work is done, first on one side of the street, then the other side, Foster said. Phase 1 work should take six to eight months to complete, weather permitting.

Plans for Fourth Street’s redesign have been in the works for years and will be completed between Jackson and Geiger streets.

Once complete, Fourth Street will have on each side a driving lane and sidewalk; a lane situated between the two will be used optionally as a walking lane, parking area or space for outdoor uses by a business, like seating. Trees and planters will be placed in what is now the parking lane, leaving about three parking spaces between the planters. Businesses will have the option of using part of the sidewalk or the parking lane in front of their business for enhancements like seating.

The design incorporates part of the Heritage Trail, which is a walking and bicycle path that will ultimately connect the north and south ends of the city.

Milestone is doing the redesign work in three phases. Phase 1 is the east half of Fourth, from Jackson Street to U.S. 231. Phase 2 will be the western half of the street, from Geiger Street to U.S. 231. Phase 3, which is work on the street’s intersection with U.S. 231, will be done in conjunction with the first two phases.

Per Milestone’s contract with the city, work must stop and the construction must be closed up, cleared and out of the way for the Huntingburg Christmas Stroll, which is held in early November. All construction work must be completed by May 2020.

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