Thursday night the city of Warsaw hosted East Market Street residents in an informational meeting at city hall to discuss street construction set to begin Monday.

After a brief introduction by Mayor Joe Thallemer, City Planner Jeremy Skinner told the crowd that the $1.9 million project will be completed in three phases. The first phase, which will close Market Street between Hickory and Tamarack streets,  begins Monday and is expected to go until about May 1.

Phase two will close the street between Tamarack and Scott streets May 2 until July 10, and the third phase from Scott to Bronson streets will go from July 11 to Oct. 1. The first phase will take the longest, and the pace of construction should pick up as the weather improves through spring and summer.

Skinner said that while the streets will be closed to through traffic during those time periods, it will remain open to residents with homes on those closed blocks.  The only exception to access will be when resident driveways are being completed.

Depending on the size and configuration of the driveway, residents may not have access to their driveway for a period of 48 to 72 hours. Skinner said the contractor will work with residents as driveway work draws closer.

Skinner also said residents should park in their driveways or in alleys or adjacent open streets during road closures, and to call his office if those options are not available to them.

He also said someone from his department will be monitoring progress on the construction work on a regular basis.

Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory Chief Mike Wilson also addressed the residents, saying every morning someone from his department will be out to evaluate where fire trucks would need to go in the event of an emergency.

Terri Keim, public works department, said trash and recycling pickup wouldn’t be affected.

After the meeting, residents had a chance to ask questions specific to their properties, and most of the people attending took advantage of the opportunity.

Skinner said as time goes on, people with questions about the project can call him at 574-372-9550. For questions regarding city services, call 574-372-9595.