It’s been a busy
summer for the Chesterton Street Department and Stormwater Utility, but
there has been some progress on the 1050N ditch in-fill project.
As Town Engineer
Mark O’Dell told the Stormwater Management Board at its meeting Tuesday
evening, DLZ is currently working on a proposal to survey the site, located
along the currently open ditches on the north side of 1050N east of Ind.
Those ditches are
deep, in some places three feet deep, and erosion here and there has exposed
natural-gas lines, while elsewhere those gas lines and other utilities
are mere inches below the flow line, O’Dell said. So an accurate
survey is the first step in piping those ditches, then in-filling them.
O’Dell and Street
Commissioner John Schnadenberg expect to design the project itself in-house
over the winter and hope to break ground on the project sometime in
“This will be a
good project,” Schnadenberg said, akin to the in-fill of the drainage ditch
a few years ago along the north side of West Porter Ave. between 23rd and
Storm Drain Inlets
In other business,
Schnadenberg told members that the Street Department continues to work on
repairing leaky storm drains, six of them last week alone. “We’ve had quite
a few this year,” he said. “It’s pretty much been an ongoing process.”
At issue: poorly
installed drains, or those simply old and failing, develop leaks on the
exterior, through which sand and soil can be washed into the drains,
threatening the development of sinkholes. Crews have been hydro-excavating
around the drains, then sealing the leaks with flowable fill. In some cases,
crews have had to saw-cut around the drain on the street-side in order to
access the ground beneath.
Street Ditch Scraped
reported that the Stormwater Utility rented a mini-excavator two weeks ago
to deploy its flail mower along the old agricultural ditch east of the
headwaters of Peterson Ditch, immediately west of South 11th Street.
The flail wasn’t
used for dredging or any other invasive operation, but merely to “scrape off
branches and litter” from the top of the ditch, “to make sure it’s still
open,” O’Dell noted.
that this summer’s dry weather was the perfect opportunity to put the flail
in action. “We haven’t had any rain, so it’s as dry as it’s going to be,” he
reported that a culvert in the area of Westchester Ave. and South 15th
Street recently failed.
Department made the repairs in-house, replacing 60 feet of culvert under
August in Review
In August the
Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $8,784. Information on the year-to-date
was not available.