Traffic possibly diverted due to overpass work

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Hull Street overpass traffic could be diverted on Tuesday when Department of Transportation and Public Works workers begin a project to remove damaged concrete beneath the overpass.

After Wednesday’s Public Works Committee meeting, Interim Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the concrete on the underside of the bridge is peeling off and could injure railroad workers and damage trains . He said the pieces were about an inch long.

Bunch said the DOT would cover the cost of removing the concrete and the city would be responsible for hauling the debris.

He said a study of the bridge’s load capacity by DOT officials this week will determine if the overpass needs to be shut down or if only the outer lanes will be shut down.

He estimated the project could take as long as two weeks.

In other business:

• The committee recommended the city commission approve a mill and overplay project on Purdue Avenue between Thornton and Cameo streets.

The project will cost about $127,000. The state will pay $58,500 toward the project, according to Bunch.

He said the project could start in the fall and take about a week to complete.

• The committee will also recommend the commission approve a mill and overlay project on Brady Avenue from Hull to Norris streets and Norris Street from Brady to Mabry Drive.

The project will cost about $2.6 million, with 85 percent of the cost paid for by the state, according to Bunch.

He said he expects the construction to start by the fall.

“I don’t know if that part of Brady (will hold up another winter,” he said.

• The committee will recommend the commission approve a $98,000 task order for an engineering study to repair three miles of a drainage pipe along Grand Avenue between Beta and Norris streets.

Paul Karas, of the engineering firm Camp, Dresser and McGee, said the problems with the pipe have led to flooding on intersections along Grand Avenue.

The engineering study will include an environmental study.