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Street repairs OK’d for Blackhawk neighborhoods

FORT WAYNE – Board of Public Works members voted Wednesday to approve a $2.5 million contract for about two miles of concrete street repairs in the Blackhawk, Blackhawk Forest and Blackhawk Farms neighborhoods.

The contract was approved by City Council members Tuesday; Wednesday’s vote will allow work to begin immediately.

Another project, however, has hit a major snag.

The Ewing-Fairfield Conversion project, which will change Ewing Street and Fairfield Avenue into two-way streets and create a roundabout where they meet at Superior Street was delayed when the board approved a staff recommendation to reject all bids.

City engineer Patrick Zaharako said there were only two bids for the work and both were significantly above what was expected.

Ewing and Fairfield will become two-way streets with one lane in each direction, plus a center left-turn lane and bike lanes. At the north end of the project, where Ewing and Fairfield cross Superior and join to become Wells Street, a five-leg roundabout will be built to take the place of the intersection.

Zaharako said engineers will look at revising the bid package and trying again.

Board members also voted to purchase homes at 520 Wagner St. and 804 Pemberton Drive.

The $41,000 Wagner Street purchase is part of the city’s long-term plan to clear the north side of the Three Rivers Filtration Plant.

The $60,500 Pemberton purchase will allow city workers better access to the Rivergreenway, a stormwater pumping station and outfall that is nearby and the new wet weather pumping station, said the city’s DeWayne Nodine.

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