City of Huntington Taking Bids for Etna Avenue Road Project

Etna Avenue in Huntington is slated for improvements in the Spring of 2017. The project is funded a $2.58M grant from the state of Indiana. The city will receive bids for the project on Wednesday, February 8.

The Etna Avenue Road Project started as a plan to build storm sewers but will also update and beautify the Southwest corridor of the thoroughfare.

Improvements will begin at the Wabash River and extend northeast just beyond Jessup Road. The work will include a new water main, new storm sewer, road re-paving, and new curbs, and a ten-foot-wide recreational trail. All improvements will be ADA-compliant.

The new storm sewers are a highlight of the project and should help alleviate flooding for residents and businesses along the corridor.

“Storm water drainage will be a direct benefit to this area,” said Anthony Goodnight, Director of Public Works and Engineering Services, “and the enhanced curb appeal will be evident to residents as well as visitors to our city.”

The improvements will create a more aesthetic gateway to downtown Huntington from the Southwest and will make the area more desirable for development. Currently there is a mixture of zoning including commercial, residential, and mixed-use. Businesses already located along the Southwest corridor of Etna Avenue can expect better drainage, more accessibility, and more curb appeal when the project is complete.

Residents will benefit from the reduction in flooding and the enhanced aesthetic appeal and accessibility of their neighborhood.

The city will hold a public meeting before construction begins on the Etna Avenue Road Project. The meeting will occur sometime in late February or early March, 2017. An exact date will be determined and announced after a contract has been awarded.

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