Many infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates

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Bloomington, Indiana- Many infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress. City departments are coordinating with each other, as well as with private developers, to minimize the impact on Bloomington residents and visitors.

As we enter the cold seasons, projects and improvements are winding down. This is the last update of the season. We will resume this weekly communication in the spring. Please watch for monthly event and program updates and enjoy all that Bloomington has to offer.

PARKS & LEISURE

Progress continues on the playground at Waldron, Hill and Buskirk parks

Contractors continue to install play structures on the new playground at Waldron, Hill and Buskirk parks. Once all equipment is installed, a pour-in-place rubber safety liner will be added weather permitting.

UTILITIES

City of Bloomington Utilities is completing a water main replacement between College & Walnut and 7th & 8th. In 2016, CBU implemented a long-term program to replace aging infrastructure, which has a current budget of $3 million per year for water main replacement. Water main replacements are prioritized based on several factors such as water mains supplying critical locations, mains known to be in poor condition, and opportunities to coordinate with other services to minimize road damage. There have been several water main breaks in this area, which this service upgrade should prevent in the future. This project is substantially complete and workers are finishing road and curb repairs and cleaning driveways.

PUBLIC WORKS

Two sections of lanes on the western part of the square will be paved on Thursday. Next week, Tuesday and Wednesday weather permitting, a crew will repair the sidewalk and meter post in front of the Bluebird at 216 N Walnut Street.

We do our best to project working times accurately, but due to supply chain issues there may be a delay in some concrete related work.

ENGINEERING

Hopewell Development Phase 1 East

The demolition and restoration of the site is complete! The engineering department is soliciting bids for the infrastructure phase of the project, with construction starting early next year. The infrastructure phase will build a north-south extension of Madison Street from 1st to 2nd Street and a new east-west street, named University Street, from Morton to Rogers Street. Along the north side of New University Street, the project will create a linear park with a wetland garden, grove of trees, stage/lawn and other park amenities. The infrastructure works will support the creation of 15 parcels totaling over 3.5 acres of land for development.

Aerial photo by drone showing the development site before demolition. The photo on the left looks southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, showing residential homes in the foreground with warehouses behind and the old hospital in the background.
Aerial photo by drone showing the development site before demolition.  The photo on the left looks southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, showing residential homes in the foreground with warehouses behind and the old hospital in the background.
The photo on the right looks northwest from the intersection of 1st and Morton Street, showing a brick office building with warehouses and the old hospital in the background.
Aerial photo by drone showing the development site during demolition.  The photo on the left looks south from the intersection of 2nd and Madison Street, there is a bulldozer and sheep's foot roller preparing exposed land and an excavator demolishing a warehouse.
Aerial photo by drone showing the development site during demolition. The photo on the left looks south from the intersection of 2nd and Madison Street, there is a bulldozer and sheep’s foot roller preparing exposed land and an excavator demolishing a warehouse.
The photo on the right is looking southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, there is an open site with exposed dirt and the same equipment as the photo on the left working in the middle, the old hospital is shown background.
The photo on the right is looking southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, there is an open site with exposed dirt and the same equipment as the photo on the left working in the middle, the old hospital is shown background.
Aerial photo by drone showing the demolition work completed.  The photo on the left looks northwest from the intersection of 1st and Morton Street, showing a red brick office building with the straw-covered site in the background.
Aerial photo by drone showing the demolition work completed. The photo on the left looks northwest from the intersection of 1st and Morton Street, showing a red brick office building with the straw-covered site in the background.
The photo on the right looks southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, the site is covered in straw with a black silt fence surrounding it, and the old hospital can be seen behind -plan.
The photo on the right looks southwest from the intersection of 2nd and Morton Street, the site is covered in straw with a black silt fence surrounding it, and the old hospital can be seen behind -plan.

17th Street (College to Monroe)

Construction has begun on the 17th Street Multi-Purpose Track Extension. This road will connect the previous phase east of Walnut Street to the multi-use road at the 17th Street/Arlington Road/Monroe Street roundabout. Starting this week and throughout the winter, utility companies will be moving poles along the north side of 17th Street. Traffic lanes were moved south to accommodate the new pole locations. Construction work will begin in early spring 2023.

Photo shows 17th Street looking west.  Orange and white traffic channels are on the north side of the street, as is a work vehicle.
Photo shows 17th Street looking west. Orange and white traffic channels are on the north side of the street, as is a work vehicle.

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