Washington Street between Lincolnway and Jefferson Street. Gariup Construction has been hired by the City to reconstruct the roadway and install a new water main. The project will be complete by mid-November.
Washington Street between Lincolnway and Jefferson Street is a thriving business corridor with a diverse mix of office, retail, living space, and eateries. The time has come to provide the public right of way with a complete facelift and improve the look and function of this downtown block. Work elements will include roadway and sidewalk removal, curbs, new sidewalk, and a new roadway. Landscape planter boxes and suspended lighting will offer new attractive features to this downtown block. Lastly, the drainage patterns will be altered to protect all Washington Street buildings. The businesses will remain open to the public and safe pedestrian access will be provided to the store fronts. The project is being funded by the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission and Valparaiso City Utilities.
Plans for this project began three years ago in response to the drainage concerns of the Washington Street business owners. The city completed a comprehensive downtown storm sewer drainage study in March, 2015. This study explored methods for improving drainage conditions at a variety of locations within the city's downtown. Later, funding from the City Redevelopment Commission was budgeted for 2016 to improve the function and look of this vital downtown corridor. The City Engineering Department utilized in-house resources to prepare final design drawings and solicit contractor bids.
Gariup Construction has been hired by the City to complete all construction work prior to mid-November. The roadway will be closed to vehicles until all work is complete.