Tuesday evening members of the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission were updated on the Hoham Drive project by City Attorney Sean Surrisi.
This project is using Redevelopment Commission funds from TIF District number 1.
Surrisi said additional delays to the reconstruction project have surfaced and he said the relocation of the NIPSCO high-pressure gas line is once again the culprit.
The city’s contractor for the road improvement project is Milestone Contractors and they were to take over the site on Monday to begin the construction side of the project but that has been delayed.
The planned closure of Michigan Street at Hoham Drive initially planned for last week is potentially scheduled for October now.
Surrisi said, “This additional week delay hasn’t caused Milestone to sound the alarm that it’s too late to get started yet. They’re going ahead and plan to get everything done by December.” He said they might not get the pavement marking completed and planting until the spring.
The City Attorney said they are working with Key Bank which is impacted the most by the two-day closure. He said while you can enter off Michigan you exit onto Hoham. The city is working on a solution that could connect them to the temporary drive on the south side of Hoham for the Holiday Inn Express.
Redevelopment Commission member Mike Miley asked about a detour.
Surrisi said it’s anticipated to use 6C Road on the north to Oak Drive, down to Pilgrim Lane, and south on Western Avenue to Skylane Drive and back to Michigan Street. He commented, “It’s a pretty big detour to get people around.”
Commission member Billy Ellinger asked if Milestone was only concerned about the paving and Surrisi said, “They have to install new waterlines and utilities that will take the first 3 to 4 weeks. Then they will strip off the existing surface, widen the roadway, and complete the paving.”
Surrisi said, “Milestone is concerned that if the weather doesn’t cooperate, they might not be able to get all the paving in, but I think one way or the other they want to have it in a condition before winter where we can open it back up with some surface there and it won’t be closed all winter even if it’s not completed.”