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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019 PROJECTS – Message From The Mayor

On April 10, the Allen County Commissioners and Mayor Tom Henry joined public safety officials to thank 911 emergency services dispatchers for their public service and proclaimed the week of April 14-20 as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

In the past five years, more than 300 miles of neighborhood street improvements have occurred in the City of Fort Wayne. This year, we’re going to have another tremendous year of infrastructure upgrades in neighborhoods throughout Fort Wayne. A record $31 million will be invested in neighborhood transportation improvements in 2019. By working together with neighborhood leaders, City Council, and our Public Works Division to plan our projects for this construction season, we’ll be able to make a lasting and meaningful difference. The investments we’ve made over the last several years demonstrate that neighborhoods, the backbone of our City, are a top priority.

With this year’s funding, the City has invested an unprecedented $130 million in neighborhood transportation improvements since 2014.

There will be projects in more than 190 neighborhoods including alleys, sidewalks, ADA ramps, concrete, asphalt and chip and seal streets, and new trails. For a complete list of 2019 projects, visit www.cityoffortwayne.org/invest

Highlights of the 2019 Projects:

  • Maplecrest Road between State Boulevard and Trier Road will see the addition of two new travel lanes, a trail, a sidewalk, landscaping and lighting. The project begins in the fall and concludes next year.

  • The Goshen Road project will begin this year with improvements between State Boulevard and Cambridge Boulevard. The two-year construction project will add turn lanes, pedestrian infrastructure, ADA ramps, landscaping, ornamental lighting, drainage improvements, and a roundabout at the five-way intersection of Goshen Road, Sherman Boulevard and Lillian Avenue.

  • Road widening projects will also occur on St. Joe Center Road, State Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue.

-Comprehensive neighborhood concrete work including sidewalk, curb, ADA ramps, and street repair will take place in the neighborhoods of Aboite Meadows, Caribe Colony, Greater McMillen Park, Hillsboro Addition, and the Woodhurst Addition.

  • Intersection improvements at Harris Road at Coliseum Boulevard, Hillegas Road at West Coliseum Boulevard.
  • Besides McKinnie and Hanna, more than 100 City streets will have sections of street repaved this summer, including portions of West State Boulevard, Sherman Boulevard, Warsaw Street, St. Joe Center Road, Capitol Street, Covington Road, Wallen Chase Run, Taylor Street and multiple streets in the neighborhoods of Belle Vista, Westchester Lakes, Bluewater Estates, North Franke Park, and Summit Park.

  • More than 30 alley reconstruction projects will take place this summer in neighborhoods such as Frances Slocum Neighborhood, Creighton Home, Hoagland Masterson, Williams-Woodland and Oxford Community, to name a few.

  • Besides Maplecrest, new sidewalks will be added on sections of Goeglein Road, Lahmeyer Road, Reed Road, St. Joe Center Road, and Stellhorn Road.

  • New trails will be built at Beckett’s Run, Lake Avenue, Summit Park and Hanna Street.

  • ADA ramps will be added in Mill Ridge Run, Longwood Addition, Oak Glen, Fairmount Association, Seven Oaks, The Coves at Westlakes, Timberon Addition, and Victoria Park.

2019 Numbers:
– 47 miles of asphalt resurfacing
– 4.75 miles of concrete reconstruction
– 10 miles of chip and seal resurfacing
– 16 miles of concrete curb
– 10 miles of sidewalk repair
– 4 miles of new trail
– 4 miles of new sidewalk
– 3.2 miles of alley resurfacing
– 380 concrete ADA ramps

Our Community Development Division recently released its 2018 Report to the Community and it’s a great summary of the division’s many accomplishments.

Community Development staff work every day to make Fort Wayne a more vibrant, prosperous and growing community. They work to promote lively, safe and healthy neighborhoods that provide affordable housing choices for all residents. Staff also help revitalize properties that were once vibrant but are no longer useful. Finally, the Division works to ensure strong economic growth.

In 2018, the Community Development Division:
– helped 19 local homeless residents and their families find permanent or transitional housing,
– granted 11 neighborhood associations up to $5,000 to beautify public spaces,
– ensured 2,205 properties were cleared of trash and debris,
– approved 19 loans to area small businesses,
– invested more than $300,000 in helping clean up brownfield sites,
– approved more than $11 million in infrastructure work,
– managed the planning for the next exciting phases of Riverfront Fort Wayne, and
– provided funding and support to many local housing and business developments, such as The Landing, Superior Lofts, Bottle Works Lofts, Byron Health Center and more.

Want to learn more? Take a moment to review Community Development’s 2018 Report to the Community and share it with your colleagues: www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/images/about_us/docs/012019_CD_RTTC_4web.pdf

Congratulations to all the hard-working professionals in Community Development!

Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Mayor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer