An initial phase of construction on the Sixth and Main Street Revitalization Project is scheduled to begin. During this initial phase, Auburn Electric will be coordinating the placement of an underground duct bank along the south edge of Sixth Street between Jackson and Cedar Streets. The duct bank will ultimately serve as an underground location for many of the existing overhead utility lines.
During the week of December 4, the south side of Sixth Street will be cut and there will be several additional cuts across to the north side of Sixth Street. Parking on the south side of Sixth Street will be closed as the underground duct bank is installed. Temporary traffic control will be at intersections as necessary. From December 11-24, Sixth Street will be closed one block at a time with a corresponding intersection (Jackson/Main/Cedar). Each block/intersection is anticipated to be closed no more than one day at a time. Backfill and asphalt replacement will be coordinated for each block/intersection.
The remainder of the anticipated Sixth and Main Street Revitalization Project will begin construction in Spring 2018. Originally, the City had hoped construction on the underground utility portions of the project would take place in late 2017, but a busy construction season for many contractors in this region pushed back the schedule.
The Sixth and Main Street Revitalization Project received a $500,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Rural Affairs in late 2016. The project includes storm sewer improvements, new curb, sidewalk, street surfacing, dumpster enclosures, decorative street lights, furnishings, and landscaping along the 100 and 200 blocks of North Main Street and the 100 block of West Sixth Street. Many of the overhead utilities will also be re-located to the underground duct bank as part of Auburn Electric’s contribution to the project.
The Sixth and Main Street Revitalization Project was featured in Auburn Main Street’s 2011 Downtown Revitalization Plan.