Safe Routes to School Project to begin in Plymouth Today

The Safe Routes to School project on Baker Street by the Plymouth schools.

New sidewalks, curbs and gutters will be installed to allow for a better walking path for students on their way to the schools. The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety previously approved a bid for just over $300,000 for the project. The city’s share of that is approximately $61,000.

City Engineer Rick Gaul and Street Superintendent Jim Marquardt are going to stress that the contractors from Northern Indiana Contractors stay off the street while they’re working or else they won’t get much done. They will be able to work off the side of the street. Gaul said rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon may delay the project if the crews don’t heed the advice.

Gaul added that members of the Michiana Area Council of Governments have been working on a traffic study in the area of Baker Street and Columbus for purposes of the placement of stop sign at that intersection. Gaul said the change in traffic there will help the flow. The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members unanimously approved the installation of a three-way stop at Baker Street and Columbus.