stretch of C.R. 400E in the area of East Greening Road was washed away in
Saturday’s torrential rains.
impassable and Porter County Highway Superintendent Rich Sexton was unable
to say this morning when exactly it will be re-opened to traffic, although
the Highway Department is doing and has done everything it can do at the
moment to expedite the road’s return to service.
The first hurdle: a
60-inch culvert, 50 feet in length, needed to be replaced, as the largest
culvert in the Highway Department’s inventory is only 36 inches in diameter.
That culvert was fabricated by a contractor on Thursday, per Highway
Department specs, and will be delivered next week, Sexton told the
Here’s the second
hurdle: a NIPSCO four-inch natural-gas line runs right up against the old
culvert and will in all likelihood need to be re-located, Sexton said. In
fact, he added, the old culvert is essentially “supporting the gas line.”
Sexton has been in
communication with NIPSCO and has laid out the problem, but he simply
doesn’t know when NIPSCO will address the issue.
Once the gas line
has been re-located or otherwise dealt with, returning the road to service
should be a matter of only a couple of days: removing the old culvert,
installing the new one, and then reconstructing the road “from top to
bottom,” Sexton said.