June 16, 2020
Road Closure for Library Project
The block of High Street between Croghan Street and Garrison Street will soon be closing for more archaeological surveys as the Birchard Public Library prepares to add a western wing to the main library building in Fremont. Fremont City Council approved vacating the block of High Street as well as an undeveloped alley that runs east and west through the library property at the June 4, 2020 council meeting after the third reading of the ordinance. The northern block of High Street will be permanently closed as a through street when the library building project commences.
Because the library project will be partially funded by a grant and a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, archaeological surveys must be conducted to assure that the addition will not have any adverse effect on the historic Fort Stephenson property or any historic properties surrounding the library.
A Phase 1 survey, conducted in January of 2020, included ground penetrating radar (GPR) as well as hand-digging at several spots. The additional surveys will examine four anomaly areas detected by GPR in the first survey, and will also include digging several trenches across the north end of High Street to determine if there is any trace left of the western wall of Fort Stephenson.
Closure of the block of High Street is expected to begin on July 6, 2020. Entry to the library will be available from Garrison Street.