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New Albany resumes work on new fire station after construction accident

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City of New Albany

Construction on a new fire station in New Albany restarted Friday after a worksite accident earlier this week.

The city halted construction at the site after part of the framing for the station collapsed Monday. 

Inspectors assessed damage and on-site safety before crews were cleared to resume work.

“We are thankful that no one was injured at the construction site,” Mayor Jeff Gahan said in a statement. “We are pleased that both the on-site and third-party inspectors agree that work can continue on this wonderful addition to fire protection for the neighborhood and the City of New Albany.”

The new firehouse, located at a former Sonic location on Charlestown Road, is replacing the nearly 60-year-old Twin Oaks station. 

Earlier this year, the New Albany Redevelopment Commission allocated up to $1 million from the American Rescue Plan for the project.

“Funds from the American Rescue Plan will allow us to replace an older fire station with a new modern facility and continue providing excellent service for the surrounding neighborhood,” Fire Chief Matt Juliot said in a news release in June.

The fire station is one of two public safety projects New Albany is currently undertaking. The city also has plans to build a new police headquarters to relocate the department from the Frank C. Denzinger Criminal Justice Center, which is owned by the Floyd County government.

John is News Editor for LPM. Email John at jboyle@lpm.org.