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Board of Works addresses parking

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Citing traffic safety, parking will no longer be allowed on State Road 9 south from Van Avenue to Noble Street following a unanimous vote during Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting.

There has been growing concern about traffic safety after the road was narrowed due to construction, City Engineer Matt House said. One or two vehicles have been parking along the curb “causing unsafe conditions,” he said.

Due to parked vehicles, those passing by have been forced to cross the center line, creating a dangerous situation.

Street Commissioner Doug Hunt told the board that the road was currently 15 feet, 8 inches in width.

“I think what caused all this was was the fact that INDOT wanted to make it safer for pedestrians, took some driving space away in the area,” board member Bob Williams said.

The board had previously discussed the issue during the March 27 meeting but did not make a decision.

Signs will be placed instead of using a yellow line.

In other business, the board approved upgrades to the Blue River Memorial Park wastewater infrastructure system.

“We’ve grown so big that our sewage system at the proper time, we cannot keep up with it,” parks director Karen Martin said. “Years ago, who would have thought we’d have this many tournaments, this many special events out there and cross country, etc., Splash Pad, etc. So it really has grown to overgrow the existing structure.”

Mayor Tom DeBaun said the funds for the project are coming from bond proceeds, bonds that have already been issued.