Sidewalk Accessibility Improvements to 9th and Washington; Two Fourth St. Garage Designs Under Consideration

(BLOOMINGTON) – As the annual construction season proceeds, the City of Bloomington Planning and Transportation Department has undertaken the replacement of ADA-compliant curb ramps at the intersection of 9th and Washington Streets.

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The project, being performed by Groomer Construction, will improve sidewalk accessibility along Washington Street from 9th St. to Smith Avenue as well as along 6th St. from Rogers St. to Indiana Ave.
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Starting May 20, City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) will close N. Jordan Ave. between 10th and 7th Streets, to facilitate the replacement of an existing 6″ cast iron water main with a new 12″ water main. Approved by the Board of Public Works (BPW) at their April 16 meeting, the closure is scheduled for May 20 through June 28.
The City Department of Public Works’ (DPW) Street Division has begun paving Dunn St. from N. Old State Rd. 37 to State Road 45/46 Bypass. Street sweeping crews are working ahead of the paving team to prepare the roadway for installation. Motorists are requested to proceed with caution around Street Division crews working in the right-of-way.
The Brighten B-town initiative marked its first milestone Monday, May 13 at with a celebration in Peoples Park of the substantial completion of service delivery to the first of ten geographical zones slated for coverage. Since April 1, staff from multiple City departments have coordinated efforts to deliver upkeep and maintenance services to Zone 1 (an area bounded by Indiana Ave. and Rogers St., and 2nd and 10th Streets). Crews from CBU, DPW, and the Parks and Recreation Department continue to collaborate on punch list items from Zone 1 until moving into Zone 2 (bounded by Rogers and Adams Streets, and 2nd and 11th Streets), where they will continue to work block by block to deliver services in tandem during the week of May 20. Brighten B-town progress may be charted at
The design process for the new Fourth Street garage continued this week with a meeting between the design and construction teams and the Technical Review Committee to discuss and provide feedback about two different design options. The committee comprises City officials, City Council members, and staff of the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce and the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation. Both garage design options under review maximize parking capacity while maintaining a design that is appropriate to adjacent architecture. Next, designer CSO Architects will work with construction team F.A. Wilhelm to determine the cost impact of the different design options. At the same time, City staff together with F.A. Wilhelm are developing a demolition plan for the existing garage, to be discussed and scheduled in coordination with businesses located near the Fourth Street Garage.
The City’s Planning & Transportation Department continues to replace and install a new sidewalk on W. 2nd St. This project will construct a multi-use path along the north side of W. 2nd St/W. Bloomfield Rd. from S. Patterson Dr. to S. Adams St. It will also construct improvements for the signalized intersections of W. Bloomfield Rd. at S. Landmark Ave. and W. 2nd Street at S. Patterson Dr. This $2 million ($2,000,365) project is being reimbursed with $898,200 in federal funds from the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). The project is being executed by Milestone Contractors, LP. Construction completion is scheduled for the fall of 2019. More information about the Second & Bloomfield Multimodal Safety Project is available at
Range Road continues to be restricted to eastbound traffic and is accessible only from the SR 45/46 Bypass, with exit only on 10th St. This restriction facilitates sanitary sewer infrastructure updates that will serve the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital. At their May 14 meeting, the BPW approved a request that the restriction is extended for three weeks until June 5.