Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry on June 29 announced more than $24 million worth of street, sidewalk and other projects for 2020. Officials said more than 100 neighborhoods will see improvements.
Both Henry and Director of Public Works Shan Gunawardena cited delays over uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Fairfield Terrace neighborhood leaders and City Council members also shared in the briefing.
In a statement, the city said this marks the seventh consecutive year that more than $20 million will be directed to streets, roads, alleys, sidewalks and trails, and bridges.
The city said the pandemic has reduced gasoline tax revenue because people made fewer trips during the stay-at-home order this spring. Also, income tax and property tax revenues are expected to be lower, and delayed in some instances.
“I’m encouraged that we’re in position to move forward with several neighborhood infrastructure improvements,” Henry said. “Residents have been patient as we’ve had to be deliberate with projects as we continue to battle COVID-19 and financial uncertainties in local government due to the pandemic.”
The city said bipartisan infrastructure planning that has been ongoing since 2013 has ensured sustainable funding. “This resulted in a combined $204 million allocated for neighborhood improvements over the past seven years,” the announcement said.
Gunawardena, the Public Works chief, said the city is moving forward with projects “focused on all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles.”
“They are comprehensive and will strengthen neighborhoods well for the future,” he said.
Below is a partial list of projects. More projects are being pursued.
• Arterial projects will take place on Hobson Road (Coliseum to Stellhorn), Goshen Avenue and Maplecrest Road.
• Comprehensive concrete repairs will take place in the neighborhoods of Glenwood Park, Tanbark Trails, Springwood-Orchard Woods (Phase l), Aspen Village and Greater McMillen Park (Phase lll).
• 25 miles of paving will take place on streets including Burns Boulevard, Ardmore Avenue, Kinnaird Street, Pettit Avenue, Dartmouth Drive, Executive Drive, Dupont Road (east of Coldwater), North Clinton Street, South Anthony Boulevard and Webster Street.
• Bridge repairs will continue on East State Boulevard over the Bullerman Drain, while construction will begin on the Van Buren Street Bridge and design work will begin on the Bluffton Road Bridge.
• Alley reconstruction will take place in the neighborhoods of Pettit-Rudisill, Spy Run, West Central and Hoagland-Masterson.
• The nearly 2-mile-long Beckett’s Run Trail will be built this year, along with a trail connection from St. Joe Center to Wheelock Road.
• New sidewalks will connect walkers along Carew Street, Tillman Road, Hessen Cassel Road and Washington Center Road.
• Sidewalk repairs will occur in neighborhoods including Oxford, Chandlers Landing, New Glenwood, Monarch Park, Mount Vernon Park, Covington Reserve, Avalon, Abbey Place and the Anthony Wayne Community.
• ADA curb ramps will be installed in several neighborhoods including Tartans Glen, Woodland Lakes, Valley Park Forest, Nebraska, Kern Valley, Fairfield Terrace/Belmont and Eastside Community.