City Hall Turnover Stalls Bloomington Bikeways Construction

Bloomington officials are sitting on the successful bike trail program while they search for a new city engineer.

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Work on Bloomington's Bikeways Initiative is on hold while the city works to fill some vacant positions at city hall.

Bloomington officials are doubtful they will meet this year’s Bikeways Initiative deadlines. The project aims to improve bikeways and trails in the city.

Planning Department Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Vince Caristo says shake-ups inside city hall will likely halt construction.

“We hope to complete them on schedule,” he said, “But like with all of our public works projects, things are sort of on hold right now as we adjust to staffing changes that have happened.”

Planning Director Tom Micuda says the Bikeways Project will languish until the city finds a replacement for former City Engineer Adrian Reid, who was spearheading the construction. Reid resigned last month, citing disagreements with the public works department.

“As a result of him not having that position at the city is that we will have to reassign that project,” Micuda said.

In the meantime, the department is focusing on keeping larger construction projects on schedule.

“We’re trying to stay on target with all our large capital projects that have already started and are under contract, so we’ll do what we can to make sure we move forward on the bikeways project as well,” Caristo said.

The Bikeways Initiative has five projects in the works, including creating bike lanes on Indiana Avenue and Dunn Street and widening Fee Lane to create room for cyclists.

The four-year project is scheduled to continue through 2016. Since its inception it has doubled the miles of bikeways and trails in the city.

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