Public hearing for State Boulevard project set for Wednesday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A public hearing has been set for the State Boulevard Improvement Project. The public can attend the hearing Wednesday June 18, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the cafeteria at North Side High School, at 475 East State Boulevard. 

According to the city, the project aims improve to safety for motorists and pedestrians, create a better traffic flow and replace an 80-year-old bridge that is rated as one of the worst in Allen County.

Those that would like to make comments but are unable to attend in person can make their thoughts known in writing for 30 days after the public hearing. Those comments can be sent to:

Briana Hope
American Structurepoint
Inc., 7260 Shadeland Station
Indianapolis, Indiana 46256
email: bhope@structurepoint.com

The following is the entire press release the City of Fort Wayne sent out on the public hearing:

The State Boulevard improvement project, approved by the Fort Wayne City Council in 2009, is set for the required public hearing.  The project is receiving 80% of its funding from the Federal Highway Administration.  As part of the Federal process a public hearing is required to offer an opportunity to comment on the environmental document, 800.11 (e) documentation for Section 106, and preliminary design plans for the proposed project.  The hearing will be Wednesday June 18, 2014, at 6pm at the North Side High School cafeteria.

The process logs-in and records public comments that will be addressed in writing and become part of the official document submitted to the Federal Highway Administration.

Residents can review the document at the following locations.

For residents who cannot attend the public hearing, comments can be made in writing up until 30 days after the Public Hearing.  These comments will be addressed as part of the written document submitted to the Federal Highway Administration. Please direct any questions or comments concerning this project to Briana Hope, American Structurepoint, Inc., 7260 Shadeland Station, Indianapolis, Indiana 46256., bhope@structurepoint.com.

The City of Fort Wayne Division of Public Works has been meeting with residents and interested parties about the project since 2008. Many of the preliminary design aspects have come directly from the input received at those meetings. These include enhancements to trail connectivity, lighting, landscaping, sidewalks and preservation of the existing State Boulevard for the neighborhood.

The project will improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, reduce vehicle emissions by creating a better traffic flow and decreasing idling time and replace an 80-year-old bridge that is rated as one of the worst in Allen County. View preliminary renderings at http://www.cityoffortwayne.org/state.

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