A large stretch of North B Street soon will close for about 600 days so construction crews can work on the Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill indoor sports complex and convention center.
The closure will be from Wayne Avenue north to where B Street intersects with Black Street. Wayne Avenue is the street immediately north of Park Avenue. Park is the street many motorists use to drive westward after crossing the High-Main Bridge. Wayne Avenue is two streets north of Main Street.
Signs already are up announcing “Road will close on 5-4-20 for 600 days,” but the street remained open Tuesday afternoon.
The street is being closed for several reasons. Among them, the city needs to relocate several utilities, including electric, gas, water, storm sewers and sanitary sewers, as well as communication cables.
“This construction will leave the street in poor condition,” said Rich Engle, the city’s director of engineering. Eventually the city will repave the roadway, but officials will wait to do final paving of B Street until the construction is finished because construction vehicles will further damage the street, Engle said.
Spooky Nook construction will be happening on both sides of B Street, with completion estimated to happen in late 2021.
“Closing B Street provides maximum safety for motorists and pedestrians by keeping them out of both city and developer construction zones,” Engle said.
The 600-day estimate is officials’ best guess for the project’s completion, he added.
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