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South Side HS Centennial Planning Has Begun

August 19, 2019

South Side High School’s PTSA and Alumni Association have a Centennial Celebration Steering Committee and a kickoff planning meeting for South Side’s 100th Anniversary this Wednesday, August 21, at 6pm in the SSHS Media Center. Attend the meeting or contact committee members if you’re interested!

Association “Hoedown” Block Party: July 28, 2019

July 19, 2019

All Southwood Park residents are invited!

 

hoedown

Rudisill-Broadway Closure Begins Monday

July 5, 2019

Fort Wayne City Utilities issued this news release today:

Fort Wayne, Ind. — Work to protect our rivers from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) is underway throughout the City, and next week a new phase to protect the St. Marys, near Foster Park, will begin. To accommodate the construction of a consolidation sewer the intersection of Rudisill Boulevard and Broadway will close beginning Monday, July 8, 2019. Motorists approaching Broadway from Bluffton Road will only be able to turn north. The closure is expected to be in place for up to ten months.

Park detour

Because this is a significant intersection that connects to multiple parts of the City, two detour routes will be in place. Thru traffic, those who use the intersection to connect to southwest Fort Wayne, Waynedale or US 27, are encouraged to avoid the area altogether. Signs for the thru traffic detour will be at, Taylor Street, Clinton Street, Covington Road, Engle Road, Bluffton Road, Lower Huntington Road, Tillman Road and US 27/Lafayette Street.

For those motorists who live or are doing business in the area, a local detour route will include Broadway and Creighton and Fairfield Avenue. Foster Park will remain open, but will only be accessible from the south.

City Utilities asks that motorists allow extra time when traveling through the area and observe detour and speed limit signs.

A consolidation sewer is a near-surface sewer that collects or consolidates the flow from existing sewer pipes, and at this location will convey the flow to the Three Rivers Protection and Overflow Tunnel (3RPORT). The consolidation pipes that will be constructed at Rudisill and Broadway will collect combined sewage (sanitary and stormwater) from a 126-inch pipe under Rudisill and a 30-inch pipe that comes in from the south to this intersection.

The consolidation sewer is an essential project in efforts to protect our rivers. This location is the most significant CSO point within the City’s river system. An average of 392 million gallons of combined sewage is dumped into the St. Marys at this location, each year.

Residents can find more information and updates about the Rudisill Consolidation Sewer project at:  https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/rudisill-consolidation-sewer.html

Work to Protect the St. Marys River Moves Forward – – – Road Closure Coming Soon to Rudisill & Broadway Intersection

June 25, 2019

Here is a Press release from Fort Wayne City Utilities:

For release:  Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Work to Protect the St. Marys River Moves Foward

Road Closure Coming Soon to Rudisill & Broadway Intersection

Fort Wayne, Ind. — Motorists in the vicinity of the Broadway and Rudisill Boulevard intersection will notice signs this week, alerting them about an upcoming road closure. The intersection will be closed to accommodate construction of the Rudisill Consolidation Sewer, beginning the week of July 8, 2019.  The closure is expected to be in place for up to ten months.

A consolidation sewer is a near-surface sewer that collects or consolidates the flow from existing sewer pipes, and at this location will convey the flow to the Three Rivers Protection and Overflow Tunnel (3RPORT).  The consolidation pipes that will be constructed at Rudisill and Broadway will collect combined sewage (sanitary and stormwater) from a 126-inch pipe under Rudisill and a 30-inch pipe that comes in from the south to this intersection.

The consolidation sewer is an essential project in efforts to protect our rivers. This location is the largest Combined Sewer Overflow (CSOs) point within the City’s river system.  An average of 392 million gallons of combined sewage is dumped into the St. Marys each year.  These CSOs occur during wet weather events approximately 72 times a year.   This project is part of City Utilities’ 18-year Long Term Control Plan, to protect and clean up our three rivers.

Attached you will find two maps, one for the local detour, for those motorists who live or are doing business in the area, and the other for thru traffic.   Foster Park will remain open, but will only be accessible from the south.  Access to the park will be marked.

 

Local – Neighborhood Traffic Detour July 8 – 2019

Thru Traffic Detour – Starting July 8 – 2019

Rudisill-Old Mill Detours to begin July 8, 2019

June 12, 2019

The City of Fort Wayne hosted a “Meet the Contractor” for the Rudisill Boulevard sewer project on June 10th.  Residents had a chance to meet people supervising the project and to ask questions.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT?
The City has an agreement with the federal EPA to reduce the amount and the number of sewage overflows into our rivers.  A deep rock tunnel is being to route sewage to the wastewater treatment plant near Memorial Park.  The tunnel follows rivers upstream to Foster Park, where the largest combined sewer overflow point is located, and the end of Rudisill Boulevard.  The Rudisill sewer is more than ten feet in diameter!  Learn more about the tunnel project by following this link: https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/visitors/218-tunnel-project-website.html

A 35’ deep connection between the Rudisill sewer and the deep rock tunnel has to be constructed under the intersection of Rudisill, Old Mill, and Broadway.  To do this safely, the road must be closed.  It is expected to be closed for at least 300 days, or ten months.  Workers will not begin shifts before 7AM.  Work days may adjust for available daylight through the seasons.

detours

DETOURS
THE ROAD CLOSURE AND DETOURS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN JULY 8.  Please help minimize the impact to neighbors in our association and surrounding neighborhoods: be courteous and stick to detour routes.  There is no magic shortcut.
The marked detour to the Bluffton Road bridge is Fairfield to Creighton to Broadway.  We would just remind neighbors of the other ways to reach points across the river:  Jefferson Blvd., Taylor St., Hale Ave. and Airport Expressway.

The marked detour to Foster Park and the Foster Park neighborhood is Old Mill to Lexington to Fairfield. The City is planning to make the north side of Lexington Avenue NO PARKING.   If you can move your vehicles from the detour route, make the effort.  We don’t want to have damage to parked cars.  If you live in the southern half of Southwood Park or in Woodhurst, we would suggest using Pettit Avenue to reach Fairfield, the detour route, or other bridges to cross the river.

The City is considering other traffic calming devices like speed humps and added patrols by FWPD.  The City wants to hear from neighborhood associations and citizens so it can adjust traffic control if it proves necessary.  The City’s project manager is Zack Schaefer and his email is zack.schaefer@cityoffortwayne.org.   When the City posts its June 10 presentation online, we will post it here.

Share your thoughts with the association at Southwood_Park@yahoo.com.

HIRING: Pocket Gardener

May 16, 2019

We need help caring for our lovely pocket gardens!  We need someone who can keep them weeded, edged and mulched. Months of work would be March through October.

If you are interested in this as a paid position, please send your proposal to us.  Let us know how many hours per month and/or your flat monthly fee for the work.  The Association is happy to pay for consumable materials like mulch that would be needed.  The gardener would keep in contact with our beautification committee through the gardening year.

Our pocket gardens are the following locations:
Indiana/Rudisill pillars,
Arlington esplanade (4600 block),
South Wayne/Pettit,
Tacoma/Pettit,
Tacoma/Sherwood,
Indiana/Beaver,
Beaver/Westover,
Westover/Old Mill,
Old Mill Roundabout,
and Crestwood/Sunset.

Please send questions and proposals to Southwood_Park@yahoo.com.  Please include references.
Thanks,
Historic Southwood Park Board of Directors

UPDATED: 42nd Annual Dirt Day Delayed Second Time. New Date is FRIDAY May 17th.

April 24, 2019

May 10th update: DUE TO ONGOING WET WEATHER, WE WILL DELAY DIRT DAY A SECOND TIME TO FRIDAY, MAY 17th.

Every year since 1978, the Association has purchased quality soil for residents to use in their gardens, flower pots, and yards. This is our 41st year helping Southwood Park gardeners! On May 4th, we are having quality tri-mix soil from Felger’s Peat Moss delivered. All you have to do is take your wheelbarrow to the sites and get what you need!

If there is a weather-related delay, we will announce plans here and on Facebook. Several years ago, we pushed the date a week later to avoid Dirt Day from becoming Mud Day.  NEW Rain date is May 17th.

There will be three dirt pickup sites:
Indiana Avenue at Maxine Drive
South Wayne Avenue at Maple Grove Avenue
Sunset Drive at Crestwood Drive (the triangular island)

Dirt is for Historic Southwood Park homes only! No dumping. Please take only what you need, and be considerate of other neighbors.  Don’t be a “dirt hog!”