The Porter County Drainage Board on Tuesday said yes to plans for the Lake
Erie Land Company to allow drainage into Johnson Ditch along a proposed
eastern extension of Gateway Boulevard in Chesterton.
Gateway Blvd. is on the east side of Ind. 49 across from the Toll Road
entrance. Johnson Ditch is a regulated county drain.
Submitting the plans on behalf of LEL for land design and roadway expansion
were project manager Michael Johnston and engineer Ben Holden from
Lawson-Fisher Associates civil engineering firm headquartered in South Bend.
Johnston said work is scheduled to begin this winter to construct a new
stretch of the four-lane road that would head straight east about 1,200 feet
until it meets Johnson Ditch at the point where it intersects with Coffee
Creek running north and south.
Across the ditch is the land for the new Urschel Laboratories plant,
Sometime next year Urschel plans to open the road onto its property with a
bridge over Coffee Creek.
“These are separate projects but they are joined at the hip because it’s the
same road,” Johnston said.
Holden said there will be natural features that will direct drainage into a
detention pond that will abut the new roadway on its north side which
eventually will drain into Coffee Creek and Johnson Ditch.
He spoke of using swales and large diameter pipes to carry drainage and
anticipates showing the plans to the drainage board at a future meeting.
County Surveyor Kevin Breitzke said Holden has been in contact with him to
ensure the plans meet the County’s codes.
With no objections, the board accepted the request to allow LEL to discharge
into Johnson Ditch and grant it access with a 3-0 vote.
Absent from the meeting were board members Ed Gutt and County Commissioner
Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South.
Keith Sharpe, of LEL, said after the meeting his company has no plans for
further developments at this time other than the roadway extension.