TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute’s main street is about to get another big makeover.
Wabash Avenue – this time from 25th Street to Brown Avenue – is slated for reconstruction starting in mid-to-late September.
The Terre Haute Board of Public Works and Safety voted Monday to approve plans and specifications for the project, which will cause west-bound traffic to detour north along Locust Street to 25th, said Larry Robbins, assistant city engineer.
East-bound traffic will be able to continue on Wabash during construction using one lane, Robbins said.
Last summer, the city spent about $1.2 million repairing and resurfacing Wabash Avenue between 13th and 25th streets over a two-month period. This year’s project is covering about half that distance, Robbins noted.
Although the project is expected to begin in September, Robbins said traffic will not be detoured from Wabash until after Indiana State University’s homecoming weekend, Oct. 4 – 6.
Bid openings for the project are expected on Sept. 3 and the contract should be awarded a week later, Robbins said. Last year, Wabash Valley Asphalt was awarded the 13th to 25th project.
n Also Monday, the board of works approved a pair of financial consulting contracts – one for a new consultant for the City Council and another for a long-time consultant for the city administration.
“Traditionally in the past we’ve gotten our information through the administration, and we felt like it was in our best interest to have some independent information gathered,” said City Councilman Neil Garrison, who spoke at the meeting in City Hall.
The City Council has set aside $20,000 for the consulting services for this year.
The other contract approved Monday is between the City of Terre Haute and Public Sector Group, Inc., the president, registered agent and principal of which is Scott P. Walker, according to the Indiana Secretary of State.
The contract states Public Sector Group will be paid a fee of $125 per hour for all services.
The contract also states that Public Sector Group “understands that they are [not] authorized to make any statements regarding the services provided in connection with this Agreement to any party, including media outlets, other than the CITY.”
Walker, who attended the board meeting, said he has been providing services to the city since 2004, raising the question: Why a contract now?
As the city administration was drafting the contract with Sackrider, it was decided to also put together a contract with Public Sector Group, said Chou-il Lee, city attorney, in response to that question after the meeting. “We’re just tying up some loose ends,” he said.
The five-member Board of Public Works and Safety oversees city contracts. Its members are appointed by the mayor.
Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or email@example.com