Kimball Blvd. is on the move – in this case it’s moving 20 feet to the East.
As most residents have noticed that the intersections with the entrances to the new Walmart and Settler’s Crossing retail area don’t line up with existing outlets.
Twinhouse Lane is a little to the West of Kimball Blvd and Pearl Street isn’t across from the East entrance to the Walmart store.
However, the stoplights were lined up on Pearl Street to match those across the road.
But those across from the Twinhouse stoplight structure would be directly across from property owned by Duke Energy.
The City of Salem and Walmart did not want to pay the high cost of the right of way for either the property to locate the stoplight on or to buy right of way use of an existing pole.
Indiana Department of Transportation Information Officer Harry Maginity explained Walmart took the cheaper option.
“We are relocating Kimball Blvd to the west about 20 feet, not widening it,” said Maginity. “The new signal will line up with the relocated Kimball Blvd.”
Forty feet of the first lot was taken from the first retail lot.
“The first 30 feet is within state right of way,” said Maginity. “Work is in conjunction with Wal-Mart and proximity of intersections.”
Maginity said Temple and Temple started placing the stone sub-base earlier this morning and, weather permitting, He said paving could begin next week or the week after.
Traffic should not be effective by the relocation except for the occasional flagging operation.