The end is in sight for two major road projects, city engineer John Sprague told members of the city’s Board of Works on Monday afternoon.
He said the first of the planned three-phase improvement project is actually going well despite a very wet, slow start.
Crews with Kerns Excavating of Bicknell are about 90% done with pouring the concrete driveways along the route, which runs from 22nd Street out to Jamestown Apartments, and about halfway done with the sidewalks, Sprague said.
“We’re seeing truck after truck after truck of concrete right now,” he said. “Soon we’ll be prepping for sod, seed and straw.
“And the lighting is all up and functioning. We’re in the final weeks of this project.”
The project was expected to be wrapped up by Sept. 1, but heavy rains delayed progress.
Kerns previously asked for another 136 days to finish the job; Sprague agreed to allow them 76, he told members of the Redevelopment Commission last month.
The work now is expected to be completed by Nov. 15, but it could be sooner than that given recent progress.
Traffic is already open to school traffic in the mornings and afternoons.
Main Street Phase II will pick up at Jamestown Apartments and head out to Sievers Road.
City officials received a federal grant to help pay for 80% of the estimated $4 million cost of Phase II, and that money will be released in the summer of 2021.
Sprague hopes to also pursue Main Street Phase III, which would then take the project out to George Rogers Clark Middle School at Richard Bauer Drive, at about the same time, or 2022.
Sprague said work, too, is wrapping up on the city’s latest group of Community Crossings Matching Grant projects, which targeted several streets throughout the city.
Anderson-based E&B Paving has just “a couple” of concrete curb ramps left to complete, he said. Crews will then leave town but send another team back in October to do milling and resurfacing.
Vincennes during the last round of grant funding received $560,500 through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program; the program has pumped millions of dollars in infrastructure repairs across Knox County over the last four years.
Vincennes' list of projects this year include two small streets off Kimmell Road, a portion of Bruceville Road, portions of Apple Lane, Mount Vernon Road, Raney Drive and Franklin Drive as well as the biggest package — $400,000 for streets on the city's south side, specifically LaPlante, Prairie, Wheeler and Bayou streets.
Portions of Parkinson, Mentor, Joice and Barnett streets are also included as are sections of Parke Street, Sugarloaf Place, College Drive as well as Hack, Manilla and Rousillion streets.
In other business, Steve Beaman, superintendent of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, praised local resident Trina Cameron for leading a team of Drug Court participants, a program run through Superior Court II, in cleaning up portions of the city’s north end Sunday as well as Chicago Park.
Beaman said they picked up trash and even painted a shelter house inside the park.