New Albany resumes work on new fire station after construction accident
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.