In Fort Wayne and around the globe, more and more people are using bicycles for health and recreation, and even as a mode of transportation.
The city’s trail system – which allows bikes – has has increased increases in length and popularity in the last decade. But street infrastructure is slowly but surely increasing as well. But how does a more bike-friendly environment come to pass? WBOI’s Virginia Alvino tells us more about how the planning process works, and how projects are chosen.
The Senate Wednesday narrowly approved a bill eliminating the state’s common construction wage. Legislators spent more than three hours over the past two days debating the issue of repealing Indiana’s minimum wage for construction workers on public projects.
Opponents of the bill like Portage Democrat Karen Tallian note that the common wage helps support job training programs and ensures public projects are properly built by well-trained, highly paid workers.
The City of Fort Wayne is investing more than $20 million in infrastructure throughout the city this year. The projects were announced Wednesday.
The projects are all about transportation. More than $20 million will go towards street, sidewalk and trail improvements throughout Fort Wayne. The City evaluates the conditions of each neighborhood each year and gives them a rating in order to determine which projects should be prioritized.
Fort Wayne has some grand plans for riverfront development. The City says the first step is to work on riparian buffers – specific areas of plants and soil along the river banks. This land, along with other rocky areas that separate the city from the water, create levees.
But not a lot is known about how to comprehensively improve the levees and environment along the rivers - yet.
In the 1800's, an estimated 400 to 500 wooden covered bridges dotted the Hoosier landscape.
As you might expect, time and progress have taken a toll, and now just 90 such structures remain.
To take a look at the history and significance of the covered bridge, WBOI Arts Producer Julia Meek sat down with Ron Branson, founder of the Indiana County History Preservation Society, and author of "Covered Bridges of Indiana.”