Engineers from several different areas met at the corner of U.S. Route 169 and Route YY in St. Joseph this past week for an extensive field check. The intersection, commonly known as Belt and Mitchell, will receive surface, sidewalk and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements with Fiscal Year 2016 monies. The project is scheduled for a March 2016 letting. The intersection is in the middle of an extensive retail corridor but also has some residential properties within its boundaries. These driveways and entrances, as well as existing retaining walls, roadway lighting, existing utilities, traffic control devices and many other aspects of the landscape, must be taken into account. Seeing the location in person allows the various engineers involved to discuss and proactively design for both the obstacles and opportunities of the project.
Participating in the field check were Area Engineer Mike Rinehart, Utilities Engineer Adam Watson, Transportation Project Manager Wes Moore, Senior Highway Designer Steve Frank, Transportation Project Designer Greg Anderson, Right of Way Manager Bryan Bailey, Resident Engineer Greg Stervinou and Traffic Operations Engineer José Rodriguez.