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GREENFIELD — Construction on the Potts Ditch relocation project has been pushed back a month and is now expected to start in mid-July, officials said this week.

The Greenfield Board of Works and Public Safety approved a contractor Tuesday to complete the project, but the construction schedule has been pushed back to allow time for paperwork to be completed in the coming weeks, city engineer Karla Vincent said Tuesday. Meanwhile, a website to keep residents updated is being launched next week.

The board moved forward with hiring Indianapolis-based Renascent Construction, pending the sale of bonds later this week. Renascent Construction, whose bid for the project came in at $6.7 million, was recommended by American Structurepoint.

An $867,000 contract with American Structurepoint, an engineering inspection firm, was approved at the last board of works meeting. The company will oversee Renascent Construction’s contractor materials and will also have inspectors on site during the construction.

Potts Ditch is a watershed that runs through the city and becomes an underground tunnel when it reaches the downtown district. An undersized drain and other aging infrastructure have caused Potts Ditch to flood several streets and homes in the area during heavy rain. While it’s been a problem for decades, city officials have been seeking how to solve the problem for the past

few years.

Plans call for a new path to reroute the ditch. A new, larger culvert box will be installed, and several downtown streets will be cut and repaved to make way for the project over the next 18 months.

The project is sizeable, and construction will affect homeowners and motorists traveling through downtown.

“The construction will be moving, so it will affect different people at different times,” Vincent said.

Jennifer Bailey, project manager for American Structurepoint, said the current plan is to start the construction on Spring Street, south of South Street.

Greenfield residents can learn more by visiting the project’s website, which American Structurepoint created to provide an overview of the work planned for Potts Ditch as well as updates throughout the construction process. The site, pottsditch.com, goes live next week. Residents can use the site to find out what sections of city streets will be affected and when.

An open house is also planned for July 8 from 6-8 p.m. in the open lot between 213 and 227 E. North St.

Visitors to the open house can ask questions about the project and learn more about the upcoming schedule. Bailey said how quickly the workers break ground will depend on Renascent Construction’s calendar

“We have to work with the contractor to figure out what their mobilization schedule is,” she said. “Once we get them under contract, that’s when they’ll start sending all that information.”


 City residents have several opportunities to learn more about the upcoming work along Potts Ditch. An open house is being held July 8 from 6-8 p.m. in the open lot between 213 and 227 E. North St. Additional information can also be found at  www.pottsditch.com (the site goes live next week) or by calling American Structurepoint representative Jennifer Bailey at (317) 575-5580.


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