Two Indiana Department of Transportation construction projects are moving along in the Starke County area.
The Koontz Lake dam road project is nearing completion. Officials say the bridge deck has been poured and the road is expected to be open to traffic sometime in early July.
The Yellow River Bridge project on U.S. 35 in Knox is still in the beginning stages. Half of the bridge has been demolished and the beams should be set on the east side of the bridge in the next two weeks. The one lane restriction will remain in place until the completion of the project, which INDOT predicts will take place in November.
State Road 23 in Koontz Lake will be closed between County Roads 1000 East and 825 North beginning Monday, April 9th. INDOT crews will be constructing a new roadway and bridge at the Koontz Lake dam project site. The road is expected to reopen in July, weather permitting.
Work is being done to replace the Koontz Lake Dam and straighten out the curve in the road that passes over the dam on State Road 23. The project is expected to be completed this year.
Even though the weather hasn’t cooperated much with many outdoor projects this spring so far, the construction of the Koontz Lake Dam project seems to be on schedule.
Work is being done to replace the Koontz Lake Dam and straighten out the curve in the road that passes over the dam on State Road 23. According to officials, work is about 15% complete and work will begin on the piers for the new bridge soon. The project is expected to be complete in May of 2012.
Work is currently being done on the Koontz Lake dam
Archaeologists from IFPW at Fort Wayne are currently working at the site of the replacement dam at Koontz Lake where State Road 23 passes over it. The State Highway Department is building a new road, where the curve will be corrected, and the Department of Natural resources is rebuilding the dam.
Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:
IHS Board of Trustees Chair Thomas Hoback and Marvin Allen
Marvin Allen of Knox is this year’s recipient of the Indiana Historical Society’s Hubert Hawkins History Award. The award is made annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history.
Picture provided by Hensler Nursery
Two trees from Hensler Nursery were delivered to the Statehouse this week.
State Representative Nancy Dembowski
State Representative, Nancy Dembowski (D-Knox), said the State Budget Committee approved a $5.8 million project for the major reconstruction of the Koontz Lake Dam.
The committee gave its approval during a Tuesday meeting at the Statehouse. The project will correct water seepage problems as well as upgrade the spillway to meet current standards.