City leaders give neighborhood infrastructure update

190 sidewalks, curbs, and streets were repaired this year. Wednesday city leaders celebrated this milestone that's part of their five year infrastructure plan.

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 4:39 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2018 6:45 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The streets and sidewalks in Lima Valley are one of the many neighborhoods who've seen a positive turn around.

The president of The Lima Valley Community Association, Steven Romine, said for a while, he avoided this street.

"The streets were in really bad shape out here, especially this one," Romine said.

He's referring to Calera Drive. The Lima Valley neighborhood improvements are part of a plan the city began 5 years ago, and city leaders met with residents Wednesday to talk about the progress so far.

In Lima Valley, 11 streets, curbs, and sidewalks were fixed.

"If you drove 15 miles an hour down here, it would shake your car to pieces," he said.

This street, Ardmore Avenue, Brooklyn Avenue, Calhoun Street, Creighton Avenue, Jefferson Boulevard, and North Anthony have all undergone improvements bringing in a record investment of $30 million.

More than 500 total projects were completed this year.

"We created some additional revenue streams through the help of city council and now we're able to put in $25-$30 million a year into the infrastructure of Fort Wayne," Mayor Henry said.

Romine said he's pleased with the improvements in his neighborhood.

"It improves property value and makes it nicer for people. The sidewalks especially. You can walk out here and never have to worry about tripping over missing sections of sidewalk," Romine added.

Along with the streets, alleys were also fixed. With the 5 years combined, nearly 2,000 projects were completed.

"I think citizens are really seeing a difference. It makes them proud to be a citizen of Fort Wayne," Mayor Henry said.

City leaders are already looking forward to 2019 where improvements will include Maplecrest Road, new sidewalk additions, and new trails. A full list of projects will be released in the spring.

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