New street department waiting for electricity

Jan. 26—GREENSBURG — Even though it currently consists of just "roughed in" rooms under a new watertight roof, work on the new Greensburg Street Department complex on the grounds of the Greensburg Municipal Complex continues.

Budgeted at roughly $8.8 million, the new street department will give the staff more storage space and amenities they've never had.

The original street department garage was built in 1969 with other buildings and paved areas added in 1980 and 2002. Since then, the department and its fleet of vehicles have been working at a facility with only 10,112 square feet.

When construction is complete, the new facility will have 30,240 square feet of storage and working space.

Outside are larger parking areas, more equipment storage space and a 3-bay salt barn.

The 3,080 sq. ft. office complex includes a kitchenette, a conference room, an employee lunchroom and separate male and female bathrooms with shower stalls.

In the heated maintenance building is a workshop, 10 truck bays, a 900 sq. ft. mezzanine and 11,700 sq. ft. of storage space.

Attached to the maintenance building is a 6,000 sq. ft. unheated storage building for garbage trucks and vehicles used by street department personnel.

At the west end of the property is a 2,400 sq. ft. three-sided salt barn and another 6,000 sq. ft. storage building, still only in the beginning phases of construction.

The office complex is roughed-in with steel studs and workers are currently installing electrical conduit and plumbing.

The anticipated completion date for the entire $20 million fire station/street department complex is early spring.

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Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-651-0876 or email