More of Margaret Avenue to be Widened

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Terre Haute City Council is looking at a pair of major projects, and the end goal will give the city a facelift!  Margaret Avenue is at the center of one of those projects.

Back in October of 2012, the city wrapped up the first phase of the Margaret Avenue project.  The street was widened from two lanes to five, complete with new sidewalks, gutters and curbs.  This next phase of the project will give homeowners along Margaret some added “curb appeal.”

Those who pass through Margaret Avenue between US 41 and South 7th Street have an easier time thanks to three extra lanes to accommodate extra traffic.  Now, that plan is to add two additional lanes of traffic to Margaret between 7th and Erie Canal Road.

“We receive the bids on the contractors on Wednesday of this week,” said City Engineer Chuck Ennis.

And once the Board of Works approves a contract, construction on this project will begin.

The city says Margaret Avenue has a more “industrialized” look between 41 and 7th because of its close proximity to the highway.  Because this new phase of the project is more residential, it will have a look that will compliment the homes found in the area.

“Median boulevard type construction.  Two travel lanes in each direction.  Some landscaping, a trail.  It will look nice,” surmised Ennis.

Phase One of the project in October of 2012.  The timeline of phase two looks to have that completed by the end of 2015.  Mayor Duke Bennett says these projects take a lot of time to roll out.

“There’s a lot of red tape involved in these projects,” the Mayor said.  “They’re federally funded, or at least partially federally funded, and you have to jump through all kinds of hoops.”

Simply buying land is the toughest part of these projects.  And that’s where the city is in the next phase of the project, which will run from Erie Canal Road to 25th Street.  This will include an overpass over the CSX rail line at 19th Street.  That will cost roughly $20-million by itself.

Another project in the works is a downtown beautification project along US 41.  This project will improve the area between Poplar and Cherry Streets.  It will include landscaping, painting light and traffic poles, installing handicap ramps, adding signage, and new pavement.  That project will begin this summer and by finished by October.

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