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City gives early nod to 2015 roadwork

– With nearly all of this summer’s road construction projects underway or in the approval process, city engineers are now looking toward next year.

City Engineer Shan Gunawardena told Fort Wayne Board of Public Works members Wednesday that officials are hoping to start the approval process for next year’s projects so they can be bid earlier in the year, when prices tend to be lower.

Gunawardena’s comments were part of a proposal to approve a $95,000 contract with Certified Engineering for concrete repairs to Airport Expressway between Lower Huntington Road and the bridge over the St. Marys River. The contract was approved unanimously.

Also approved was moving forward with a sidewalk improvement project for Fourth and Putnam streets between Wells and Cass streets. The work, which will be bid July 9 and is expected to be complete by the end of September, will replace sidewalks, curbs, install accessible curb ramps and repair approaches.

The board also approved a project to improve the Aboite lift station, calling for a complete mechanical upgrade to the station, including new pumps, valves and controls.