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Striping mistake in New Albany 2-way street project costs engineering company thousands

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Since the City of New Albany started moving in a new direction with its streets, there have been plenty of people wondering if it's the right one.

"It's difficult, and it's definitely taking some adjusting," one business owner said.

Several downtown roads are being transformed from one-way to two-way roads.  But, a mistake with bike lanes during striping helped fuel skepticism around the city.

"We had a technician who drew those lines in the wrong way," said Jim Rice, development manager with HWC Engineering.

While the problem might seem like a small one, it comes with a $10,000 price tag. 

HWC Engineering plans to foot the bill. Rice said the direction of the diagonal lines matters.

"It's kind of what says stay back out that way," Rice said.

The bike lanes aren't the only part of the project that may need a rework. Some parking spots might also need to be widened. 

"That'll be a call we make during the course of construction," he said.

It's all part of a days work when you carry the title Rice does. 

"Things like this happen during the course of construction," he said. "It's not uncommon that a contractor has to replace something at his own expense, because he didn't get it right the first time."

Rice added that the mistake will not change the completion date on the two-way conversion project. City officials expect to have it all wrapped up in the fall.

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