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Record Neighborhood Investment Continues

This afternoon, Mayor Tom Henry and the Division of Public Works celebrated the 2017 construction season, which saw $25 million invested in neighborhoods throughout the City of Fort Wayne. Similar improvements in hundreds of neighborhoods across the City will take place in 2018, when $30 million is planned to be invested in neighborhood infrastructure, an investment that includes additional funding for alleys and sidewalks.

“Strong and successful cities need neighborhood investments and that’s why one of my top priorities has been to invest in street, sidewalk, trail and lighting improvements as well as neighborhood business districts,” said Mayor Henry. “In the last four years alone we’ve invested $100 million in infrastructure enhancements, and we’re committed to making additional improvements again in 2018.”

While the project list for 2018 is still being finalized, corridor improvements to North Anthony Boulevard, State Boulevard and Dupont Road will take place next year. The new year will also include neighborhood association improvements in Caribe Colony Community, Greater McMillen Park, Deerfield Estates, North Franke Park, Pine Valley, and Lima Valley.

Old Decatur and Hessen Cassel Road will see new sidewalks added in 2018 and our trail network will expand with extensions on Hanna Street, the Pufferbelly Trail between State Boulevard and Fourth Street, the Pufferbelly between Ludwig Road and Washington Center Road, and on Maysville Road.

“Our commitment is to continue repairing and replacing aging infrastructure, but also to enhance public space and our neighborhoods, aesthetically,” said Shan Gunawardena, Director of the Public Works Division. “Many of our projects are comprehensive to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles and to add greenspace and improve stormwater issues.”

A complete list of 2018 projects will be announced in early spring.

2017 completed projects:

41.5 miles of asphalt resurfacing

5.7 miles of concrete reconstruction

9.2 miles of concrete walk

14 miles of concrete curb

11 miles of trail (hitting mile 100)

768 concrete ramps

3,000 faded traffic signs replaced

740 miles of painted roadway lines, crosswalks, curbs and turn arrows