All streets now open in downtown Elkhart’s River District expansion

ELKHART (December 7, 2018) – Mayor Tim Neese announced today that all streets are now open to vehicle traffic in Elkhart’s River District. This includes arterial streets such as Jackson Boulevard and Elkhart Avenue, as well as secondary streets.

With road construction complete for 2018, crews are now focused on the installation of additional lighting along Jackson Boulevard. Crews will also be working on sidewalks, brick pavers, and adding other landscaping elements to the trees that were planted earlier this year. Other winter work will include utility connections to the Elkhart Health and Aquatics center and installation of underground facilities for Indiana Michigan Power and Frontier Communications. 

As Street Department crews and residents adjust to the reconfiguration of Jackson Boulevard, on-street parking is currently limited to the hours of 6:00 a.m. to midnight. 

The transformation of the Elkhart River District will continue in 2019. Residents should anticipate reconstruction of the remaining section of Jackson Boulevard, from Junior Achievement Drive to Prairie/Johnson Street starting in March. Streetscape projects along Junior Achievement Drive and Lexington Avenue will also be completed in 2019.

Mayor Tim Neese’s vision of the River District Revitalization Project is to develop a vibrant urban space that complements existing Main Street assets and creates a destination where people want to live. The plan calls for the development of 1000+ housing units in downtown Elkhart and the surrounding area to meet current market demand. These additional units are supported by a housing market study completed by the renowned Zimmerman Volk and Associates. The streetscape project will enhance new, exciting investments and private development already taking place in the area, including the Elkhart Health and Aquatics center and Stonewater at the Riverwalk. 

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