Pardon our Dust - Roadways Under Construction

Pardon our dust! Numerous roadways are simultaneously under construction in New Albany to help motorists and pedestrians travel safer. To help keep you informed and up-to-date, we've put together a list that explains each project.

Spring Street

Spring St. and Silver St. Intersection

Spring St. and Silver St. Intersection

Spring St. and Thomas St. Intersection

Spring St. and Thomas St. Intersection

This safety and roadway improvement project received special federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant money to help correct the roadway. To read the full details of the project, please click HERE.

This project began yesterday morning (Monday, July 11th), and experienced heavy congestion through rush hour. To combat this, we have adjusted the signal timings to allow smoother access moving East-West along Spring Street. We will continue monitoring the traffic in this area and adjusting signals as necessary to make it as smooth as possible during construction. 

Bono Road

Bids were opened at today’s Redevelopment Commission for the full reconstruction of Bono Road. Construction has been ongoing in the area, as utility companies have mobilized to repair and re-run lines before the road construction begins. Due to the base failure, many potholes and cracks had opened in the roadway, which has now prompted the full-depth reconstruction and re-paving of the roadway. This project is estimated to be completed in mid-November. Travel will be limited to local access only. For all others, a detour will take motorists from Green Valley Road to Daisy Lane to Graybrook.

McDonald Lane

McDonald Lane near Charlestown Road

McDonald Lane near Charlestown Road

McDonald Lane facing Grant Line Road

McDonald Lane facing Grant Line Road

Phase 1 of the project, from Charlestown Road to Hickory Vale is currently underway. This phase calls for a full complete reconstruction of the pathway. During this phase, curbs, gutters, and complete stormwater system are being added, new traffic signals, along with sidewalks and new road reconstruction and paving. This project is expected to be complete in the Fall of 2017.

From August 2nd through August 4th, the railroad crossing on McDonald Lane (near Bruce Fox) will be closed so that the railway can complete a full replacement of the crossing.

5th and Elm

After digging up the intersection, it was discovered that water was escaping the stormsewer system during heavy rains. This caused nearby soil to wash away, and the roadway to begin sinking, forming the "dip" in the road. Over time, this also caused the sewer and stormwater lines to shift. This project will repair those lines, and repair the foundation of the roadway all the way to the bedrock to ensure that the system will not move in the future.

Update on City-wide Paving Project

Over the past month, crews began replacing sidewalk ramps to meet ADA standards ahead of scheduled city-wide paving.  Paving is scheduled to begin July 25th. 

Riverfront Independence Day Celebration Rescheduled

EVENT RESCHEDULED: Due to the threatening weather forecasts, and for the safety of attendees and event staff, we have postponed tonight's Riverfront Independence Day Celebration to a later date. The event will take place on Saturday, August 6th - which is the next available date that works for the performers, fireworks shooters, and event staff. Please have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.

Mayor Gahan Encourages Full Disclosure of Public Documents Before Final Vote of Hospital Sale

Floyd Memorial Hospital along State Street in New Albany.

Floyd Memorial Hospital along State Street in New Albany.

It is essential for the people of New Albany and Floyd County to understand the true value of Floyd Memorial Hospital before its sale on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.  Rough estimates for the value of the hospital range from $150M to $450M.

This is only possible if hospital and county officials supply the public with any and all appraisals as required by state statute and any other business valuations.  The City has requested that Floyd County officials reveal the other options and bids that they received and considered in private.  In addition, any potential conflicts involving voting officials or others should be immediately disclosed to the public.  These actions will ease fears and unrest regarding this unprecedented sale of a public asset in Floyd County.  

County officials need to be open about the process that has led to their decision to choose Baptist Health over other proposals. Clarification after the vote is too late and it will not give us the confidence of due process we deserve. This citizen friendly action will help us to move forward without suspicion and worry.  Further, full disclosure could reduce the probability of any future litigation or concerns regarding the sale of the hospital.   

The Mayor's office and other elected city officials who represent approximately 38,000 Floyd County residents, and the residents themselves have been denied access to these vital public documents too.  Rest assured we will continue to try to acquire these details that are rightly the property of every resident in Floyd County.  

All of Floyd county residents can help by attending the meeting and contacting their county officials and encourage full disclosure before they vote.

The full text of the purchase agreement that will be voted on by Floyd County Council and Floyd County Commissioners can be found by clicking HERE.

The final vote will take place on Tuesday, June 28th at 6pm at the Pineview Government Center.

2524 Corydon Pike #204, New Albany, IN 47150

Floyd County Council Members
President Brad Striegel - bstriegel@gmail.com
Tom Pickett - tompickett1952@gmail.com
Cam Wright - cam_wright38@hotmail.com
Lana Aebersold - davida@aebersoldflorist.com
John Schellenberger - floydco4th@twc.com
Matt Oakley - mattoakley@me.com
Jim Wathen - jwathen65@gmail.com

Floyd County Commissioners
Mark Seabrook, Stephen Bush, Charles A. Freiberger - commissioners@floydcounty.in.gov

 

World's Largest Swim Lesson

Please join us and bring your family and children to River Run Family Waterpark tomorrow, 6/24/16, at 9am for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson!

Every year, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world unite to make noise that Swimming Lessons Save Lives.™ A global event, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 500 locations in more than 20 countries. Since its inception, more than 155,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than half a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim.

Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related deaths for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training. River Run Family Water Park will be serving as an official Host Location Facility for the WLSL 2016 event. Please join us to show swim lessons really do save lives!

Location: River Run Family Waterpark
224 West Daisy Ln
New Albany, IN 47150
 
Time: 9am-10am
Cost: Free

Riverfront Independence Day Celebration

The Riverfront Independence Day Celebration will be on Sunday, July 3 at the scenic Riverfront Amphitheater. The event begins at 6pm.  This year's lineup includes the local favorite country music act Wildwood and the always entertaining Louisville Crashers. So grab a lawn chair or a blanket and come join us for a wonderful night of family-fun along the Ohio River.

In addition to the live music, the event will host tons of children's inflatables to bounce around on, the famous Bubble Machine, local food vendors, a beer garden area, an Independence Day Recognition Ceremony, and to top it all off - a beautiful fireworks display at dark.  The event is proudly presented by the City of New Albany and the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, and the fireworks display is sponsored by the Horseshoe Foundation and McBrides Fleet.