You can expect a lot of construction on US-52 over the next couple years. While we understand this may elicit some groans from some of you who regularly use the stretch of US-52 near New Palestine for your daily commutes, don’t worry—there has been a lot of planning with this project to make sure it interferes as little as possible with people’s daily lives, and when the project is complete it will add a lot of new development and convenience.
The project has a couple aspects to it: the relocation of some important utilities (most of that being done in 2019) and construction on US-52 between 600 West and 500 West (between the two red arrows) in 2020.
What to expect out of the construction process
According to project supervisors, bridge construction will last about 120 days, and involves replacing a culvert on US-52 to the east of Needler’s Fresh Market. Meanwhile, reconstruction of the 500 West and US-52 intersection will take place in 2020, with utilities being moved in advance in 2019.
As soon as construction gets going in 2020, there will most likely be a hard closure between the east side of Needler’s and the entrance to Woodland Terrace of New Palestine. Currently, plans indicate 500 West and US-52 will stay open at the start of construction.
There will be some other projects happening at the time, separate from this work, being overseen by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). There will, for example, also be work being done on 600 West between Bridge No. 145 near Doe Creek Jr. High and Denton Trace, which is just south of 100 South. Another project will involve chipping and sealing 600 West between the two schools, and doing the same to a section of US-52. With this project, there will also be a relocation of some of the utilities in the area.
In response to all of these slated construction and renovation projects, local leaders and business owners have come together to create a campaign to keep businesses in New Palestine open and sustainable during the course of these projects. The campaign is New Pal Open 4 Biz, and is hosted by an alliance between Rob Walker of Walker-IT, Dave Meeker of Bringing Technology to You, Shelly Beaver and Brandy Merlau of Impressions Graphics, Signs and Designs and Karen McAndrews of Visionary Video & Marketing Solutions. The hope is that not only will current businesses remain successful during what promises to be a hectic time period on New Palestine streets, but that improvements will also continue attracting businesses to the area even while roadways and utilities are under construction.
For more information about what you can expect from these construction sites over the course of the next couple years and what you can do to be an advocate for local businesses while all of this street construction is occurring, we encourage you to contact Auto Air & Heating, Inc. today about these utility relocations on US-52. We look forward to hearing from you!
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