City Council looking at 3rd Street changes

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) The first full week of June has construction blossoming across the Wabash Valley; a trend that looks to continue in the city of Terre Haute.

Thursday, the city revealed their plan to put aside more than $1.5 million for two projects that’ll change the face of Terre Haute.

Stray grass peeks through the 3rd street pavement, while the cracks in the cement give the thoroughfare that look of urban decay.

However, by the end of the summer you may not recognize that section of town.

“From Cherry Street down to Poplar we’ll be coming through there and replacing the sidewalks, putting in ADA ramps that don’t exist now,” Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said. “Some new curbs fixing some drainage through that area and of course a new surface.”

Across the city it’s the same story for Margaret Avenue. We’ve told you in the past about the city’s plan to widen that section of road. If you drive by today, you can see the parts are in place to start phase two.

“The next part of the (Margaret Avenue) project is 7th street to 14th and that will be going under construction very soon we’re working with the state to get that bid wrapped up it’s been awarded, but officially rewarded it will be soon,” Bennett said.

That’s where the city council comes in. To make these projects possible, they have to match the funds put up by state or federal grants. In both cases the city only has to match 20% of the actual cost. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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