Avon officials have announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Avon Avenue Bridge, Roundabout and Trail project has been scheduled for Saturday, February 11 at 12 pm at the site of the old American Legion property on Avon Avenue, located just south of the CSX crossing.
Local officials will be in attendance along with representatives of the firms involved with the project. County and state elected officials have been invited to attend. Staff from the INDOT Crawfordsville District have been invited, as well.
The groundbreaking will kick off 15 months of construction on Avon Avenue that will result in the elimination of the at grade railroad crossing south of US 36.
Avon Avenue is scheduled to be closed at the CSX rail crossing, south of US 36, starting on February 20, 2017 for construction on Avon Avenue. The closure is scheduled for 15 months.
The project will consist of the construction of a two lane bridge over the CSX rail crossing, the construction of a one lane roundabout at 25 South and Avon Avenue, the construction of a ten foot paved trail on the east side of Avon Avenue and a sidewalk on the west side. The trail and sidewalk will continue on the bridge over the CSX rail crossing.
The Town purchased right of way for the project from 33 parcels for a total cost of $400,000. The Town also had to purchase 6 homes and the American Legion property for a total cost of $1,300,000. The American Legion relocated to a new building on Main Street in Avon.
Superior Construction was awarded the construction contract for $9,000,000 in the fall of 2016. Total cost of the project including design, right of way and construction is $13,800,000.
The construction of the bridge, roundabout and trail on Avon Avenue was the result of an agreement in 2013 between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Town of Avon, Town of Brownsburg and Hendricks County to relinquish portions of State Road 267 back to the local communities in exchange for funds to maintain State Road 267. The funds included $12,000,000 to construct a bridge over the CSX rail crossing in Avon.
The project is part of Avon’s $100 million Go! Avon Road and Trail Improvement Program.