Downtown Warsaw parking and driving are tentatively going to be disrupted Sept. 25-26.
During the Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Friday, Mayor Joe Thallemer said a Community Crossings matching grant project will come to fruition downtown Sept. 25-26.
Buffalo Street, between Market and Main streets, and Center Street, between Lake and Indiana streets, are tentatively scheduled to be milled on Monday, Sept. 25 and then paved on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
“Unfortunately, it’s going to be disruptive, but we want to try and minimize that and let everyone know,” he said. “Merchants are going to be notified soon, probably starting this afternoon. The big issue is that while the process is going on, there’s not going to be any parking, so cars are going to have to be moved by 5 o’clock in the morning on both Monday and Tuesday, 25th and 26th.”
Thallemer said more information will be coming out and it is subject to change if the asphalt plant changes its plans, but the project is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 25-26. He said it will be a “really nice” improvement downtown.
“It’ll be worth it, but there will be just a little bit of disruption to our daily activities those two days,” Thallemer said.
Public Works and Street Superintendent Dustin Dillon said the original plan was for a four-day disruption but it was cut down to two days. The work is being done on a Monday and Tuesday because those are weekdays that are usually quieter downtown.
“Parking will open up as they finish work, but it’s going to kind of be a floating job site, so we’ll try to make as many parking spots accessible as possible, but other than that, it’ll be nice when it’s done. A couple days of headaches, but it’ll be worth it,” Dillon stated.
Thallemer thanked Dillon for all of his work on the project.
“Coordinating with our contractors this time of year, they’re very busy. They’ve got lots and lots of projects,” Thallemer said. “But we wanted to let folks know early on because of the amount of business we do downtown. As active as we are, it’ll be disruptive.”