University delays Fifth Street widening for a year

Tue, 2008-02-05 09:40 -- univcomm
February 5, 2008

A planned upgrade to Fifth Street at Anderson University will have to wait another year because of unexpected delays.

The $2 million project, which will turn Fifth Street and a portion of College Avenue into a more pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare, should begin in May 2009 and be completed before students return for classes the following August, said Joe Royer, the university’s director of facilities and property management.

“When we first started, everybody felt we could make it by this summer,” he said. “Sometimes things take a little longer than what’s anticipated.”

The project is funded with federal grant money, but Anderson University is coordinating the design and construction, Royer said.

“We’ve never done this before, and therefore I don’t know the exact time frame, and that’s one reason we’re waiting until next summer,” he said.

After realizing that the bidding process would not begin until August, the university opted to wait until the following summer when fewer people are using campus streets and parking, he said.

“The process to seek bids won’t be ready until at least August, but since we are waiting until next summer, the period to seek bids may be put off even longer, Royer said.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is now reviewing the proposed project designs, he said.

—Barrett Newkirk is a reporter for the Herald Bulletin in Anderson. Story republished with permission.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.