The Mt. Tabor Road Project is set to begin construction in Summer 2018. The project will run from the intersection of Grant Line and Mt. Tabor Road to the intersection of Klerner Lane and Mt. Tabor Road. It will include new sidewalk construction, new drainage systems, relocated utilities, and road stabilization efforts along hillsides on Mt. Tabor Road. At the intersection of Mt. Tabor and Klerner Lane, a traffic signal with left-turn lanes will be constructed.
In 2013, the roadway experienced a failure along the north hillside near East Oakwood Drive. The city immediately proceeded with an emergency repair at the road slide in order to keep the roadway safe, but this project will provide a much more long-term fix for the stabilization issues along Mt. Tabor Road.
This is a federal aid project, with 80% of the funds coming from the federal government and a 20% local match.
In preparation of the project and to accommodate utility relocation, a contractor will be trimming and removing certain trees within the right-of-way along Mt. Tabor Road. By performing the utility relocation in advance of the full project, the city hopes to reduce the construction time of the overall project. These trees will be marked in advance. All property owners were compensated for trees that will be removed as part of the project, and the city will make efforts, similar to other areas and projects around New Albany, to repopulate the tree canopy.
“The City is making it a priority to improve the tree canopy,” stated stated Krisjans Streips, Chief City Planner and Tree Board Administrator. “Hundreds of trees have been planted in parks and on the Greenway, and trees will be replaced along the public right of way at a 3:1 ratio. This is a great safety, drainage, and road reconstruction project all rolled into one.”