Elkhart unveils proposals for Hively Avenue overpass

ELKHART, Ind.--- The city of Elkhart unveiled four potential plans for an overpass near the intersection of Hively Avenue and South Main Street in a virtual meeting on Tuesday. The city was awarded $16 million in 2018 for the project.

City officials and residents say that the overpass is much needed, especially with the nearly 100 trains that come through that intersection every day.

"It’s a big inconvenience," said Dave Palenchar, who lives in Elkhart. "I actually live on the other side of the railroad tracks here so I deal with it quite often."

Two proposals would keep Hively Avenue as is, making the overpass connection point at either South Main Street or Bismark Avenue. The others would shift Hively Avenue to the south with connection points at either South Main Street or Bismark Avenue. 

Construction on the overpass is expected to begin in 2023.

There will be an in-person meeting on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. held at Zion Missionary Church in Elkhart to discuss the four plans in more details.

For more information on the proposals click here.

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