TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - Here’s hoping the Sycamores defeat Youngstown State at Indiana State University’s Homecoming game Saturday, even if fans coming and going from the stadium will have to negotiate some serious road traffic.
But the city of Terre Haute is vowing minimal interruption.
"We actually were under construction last year with the last phase of Wabash Avenue, between 13th and 25th Street, during Homecoming, and we didn't have any problems,” said Chuck Ennis, chief engineer.
Ennis said the primary task, this go-around, is digging up the old, inner-urban railroad bed from the 1940’s – the railroad ties from which are decaying and causing Wabash to sag.
Workers are also up against a strict deadline: the asphalt plant closes for the season in exactly 60 days, according to Ennis.
The engineer told News 10 while work continues, between 25th Street and Brown Avenue, businesses along busy Wabash will still be accessible.
"I think it'll affect it a little bit, short-term; but I think long-term is where it's going to help us! Because we've had a major flooding problem,” said Rick Burchell, owner of Rick’s Smokehouse. “I don't know if it's going to correct that…”
It will, according to Ennis.
"We've got some storm sewer projects to do, and we're taking advantage of the shutdown to address some problems that we've had with some storm-sewers particularly in front of the Burger King store there on Wabash,” Ennis explained.
The lane shifts will remain in place over the ISU Homecoming weekend, but Ennis says it’ll be up to the contractor to decide whether workers actually work Saturday and Sunday.
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