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LANE RESTRICTIONS ON WEST LINCOLN AVENUE

West Lincoln Avenue will be restricted to one lane Friday, Aug. 18 and Monday, Aug. 21 in the 1700 block of W. Lincoln Avenue, across from Silverwood Lane. Crews will reopen the lane at the end of the day Friday and close again Monday Morning, before reopening to traffic at the end of the day Monday.

CHANGES TO RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURES

Norfolk Southern has changed the dates of when railroad crossings in Goshen will be closed. These are the new changes:

  • The crossing at Madison Street (US 33) will not be closed until a later date to be determined.
  • The crossings at Plymouth Avenue, Burdick Street and several private crossings within the Goshen College Campus will be closed Friday, Aug. 18, and expected to be repaved Monday, Aug. 21.
  • The crossings at Jefferson Street and Beaver Lane will be closed Monday, Aug. 21 for paving.

We will continue sharing information as it becomes available to the City.

NEXT BRUSH COLLECTION SCHEDULED AUG. 28

Last month, the city notified residents there would be no brush collection in August. That has changed to due to there being significant amounts of brush out on the streets from storm damage. Brush collection will begin Monday August 28, 2017.

Please place all leaves and brush at the curb but not in the street, so as to not cause a road hazard or hinder water drainage. Brush piles placed in alleyways will not be picked up. Do not place piles around fire hydrants, mailboxes or telephone poles. Crews, also, cannot access the piles if blocked by vehicles.

During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush out by Monday morning at 7 a.m. Feel free to call the Street Department at 534.9711 or visit the Street Department webpage at goshenindiana.org/street-department if you have questions.

The next brush collection is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.

NORFOLK SOUTHERN TO CLOSE RAILROAD CROSSINGS AUG. 21-25

Norfolk Southern will close the railroad crossings at Madison and Jefferson streets Aug. 21. The earlier date of Aug. 17 stated previously by the Indiana Department of Transportation was postponed until the 21st.

The tracks are expected to reopen on Aug. 23. That same day, Norfolk Southern will close down the railroad crossings at Burdick Street, Beaver Lane and Plymouth Avenue, and will reopen them Aug. 25.

Delays may occur depending on workload for the railroad company and track time.

RAILROAD CROSSING ON MADISON STREET TO BE CLOSED

NOTE: The following update was originally written by the Indiana Department of Transportation. 

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that Madison Street (US 33), between 9th and 10th streets in the City of Goshen, is scheduled to close at 6 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 17, weather permitting. The closure will allow Norfolk Southern to rebuild the railroad crossing.

Drivers are reminded to follow the posted detour signage. The work, which will improve the driving surface for motorists, is anticipated to be completed by 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, weather permitting.

COTTAGE AVENUE TO BE CLOSED AUG. 14

HRP construction will close down Cottage Avenue at the railroad tracks, (after opening Lincoln Avenue to traffic, on Monday, Aug. 14), to prepare for the installation of a water main under the railroad crossing.

This closure will be similar to the previous closures on Cottage Avenue, with access to LaCasa and the Work Release Center being from the north (Crescent and Bridge streets). Cottage Avenue will be closed for about six to eight weeks during this construction period.

REMINDER: SECOND “GOING SOLAR” WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY, AUG. 12

The second “Going Solar” workshop is tomorrow, Saturday Aug. 12 at 9 am at Bethany Christian Schools. Solar tour to follow at 10:30 am.

After the first workshop last week, 13 people signed up to go solar. The Solarize Goshen team’s goal is 30 new solar systems by the end of 2017. The more people who sign up, the larger everyone’s rebate will be. Attend the workshop to learn more!

Solarize Goshen* is working to make it easier, faster, and more affordable to go solar by the end of 2017!

1. Get a Discount: Let’s leverage our buying power!
2. Get a Fair Quote: Pre-selection of solar installer, equipment, pricing.
3. Make it Simple: Attend a workshop to learn more and be eligible for the upfront discount and post-program rebate.

Participants with NIPSCO and I&M are strongly encouraged to sign a contract before Sept 30th, 2017 to receive installation before the end of the year, when changes to net metering policies start to take effect. Your home or business may be eligible for the Solarize negotiated pricing even if it is located in the surrounding counties, thanks to guidance from the Michiana Area Council of Governments.

To get started, visit the Solarize Goshen webpage at www.SolarizeNI.organd RSVP to a workshop. If you want a jump start, fill out the online participant survey and submit your electricity usage data (see instructions in survey) before the workshop.

To learn more about how to go solar in Goshen, visit the City of Goshen webpage at https://goshenindiana.org/going-solar-in-goshen

*Solarize Goshen is part of an independent steering committee of retired engineers, sustainability professionals, solar owners, city and MACOG staff, and other passionate volunteers. No committee member will benefit financially in any way from this initiative, but we will feel good if we succeed in making it easier and more affordable for people adopt clean energy. If you have questions, contact LThill@SolarizeNI.org.

WATER METERS TO BE REPLACED

The City of Goshen Water and Sewer Department will be replacing water meters with a newer model, which will perform with better accuracy and will be long-lasting. The City has hired a private company (Utility Sales Agency), to complete this task.
About 7,100 meters will be changed during this project. Residents will receive a phone call to schedule a time for their meter to be changed. This project will begin the second week of August and take about 2 years to be completed.
Residents with questions or concerns may call the Water and Sewer Department at 534.5306.