Today, Mayor Tom Henry joined residents of the Haverhill neighborhood in southwest Fort Wayne, to celebrate the construction that made major improvements in their neighborhood and recap progress that’s been made on projects throughout the City.
The City is seeing record-breaking investments in neighborhoods, with nearly $45 million in the past two years. The City’s investment in streets and sidewalks this year is more than $21 million.
“I’m encouraged by the strides we’re making to have an excellent infrastructure system. It’s one of the reasons why we’re experiencing positive momentum and excitement in our community," Mayor Henry said. “By investing record amounts in our infrastructure, we’re working to keep our neighborhoods strong and vibrant. Neighborhoods like Haverhill are the backbone of our community. We’re enhancing the quality of life in our City and are positioning ourselves as a leader in job growth and opportunities for residents and businesses as we work together to move Fort Wayne forward in the right direction."
Neighborhood improvements completed this year include:
• Nearly 75 miles of asphalt, concrete and chip and seal repairs to City streets
• Nearly 1400 ADA ramps constructed
• More than 13 miles of sidewalk and trail improvements
Efforts in the Haverhill area were so comprehensive they stretched over two construction seasons. More than three miles of concrete pavement was constructed, 1,600 linear feet of sidewalk was replaced, nearly 100 ADA ramps were installed, and 16,000 linear feet of underdrain infrastructure was added to the connected neighborhoods of Haverhill, Aboite Lake Estates, Plantations of Aboite and North Shores. The improvements benefited nearly 700 households, an elementary school and surrounding areas.
Through the leadership and efforts of the Mayor’s Administration and the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Group, plans call for more than $20 million in infrastructure improvements in each of the next several years.
Today, October 1, begins the final weeks of our construction season in Indiana. Restoration work of grassy areas will continue in neighborhoods like Haverhill and other projects slated for completion this year. Residents will also see asphalt paving improvements before the end of this construction season on South Anthony Boulevard, Spring Street, Jefferson Boulevard, Ewing Street, Tyler Avenue, the intersection of South Calhoun Street and Tillman Road, and the intersection of West State Boulevard, Goshen Road and Hensch Street. Trail construction on Hanna Street and Hurd Street is also scheduled for completion this year.