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The bids are in for Gateway Blvd reconfiguration

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The bids are in for the Gateway Blvd. reconfiguration.

At its meeting Monday night, the Chesterton Redevelopment Commission voted unanimously to take those bids under advisement.

The two bids: $168,948.05, from Walsh & Kelly; and $230,800, from Rieth Riley Construction.

The point of the reconfiguration: to remove the bottleneck--formed by the median islands--which pinches the four westbound lanes at the roadway’s mouth on Ind. 49 to two lanes just east of the Speedway, resulting in long stacks of traffic at rush hour.

The key features of the design:

* The traffic islands will be lopped roughly in half to create four full westbound lanes west of Matson Street.

* Motorists eastbound on Gateway Blvd. from Ind. 49 will no longer be able to enter the Speedway by turning left and crossing westbound Gateway Blvd. through the current cross-through between the two islands. Instead, they’ll be directed to Speedway’s road cut on Matson Street.

* Speedway’s road cut on westbound Gateway Blvd. will become right-in/right-out only.

* The Bob Evans and Hilton Garden Inn road cut on eastbound Gateway Blvd. will also become right-in/right-out only. Customers leaving both businesses will be directed to the intersection of Matson Street, where they’ll be able to turn left onto westbound Gateway Blvd.

* Motorists westbound on Gateway Blvd. will have a left turn-only lane allowing them to access Bob Evans and the Hilton Garden Inn.

The Brick Pavers at Coffee Creek Center

In other business, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that all of the brick pavers at Coffee Creek Center have been removed, two sub coats of asphalt applied, and some curbing installed.

Pretty much all that remains, Schnadenberg said, is for the Lake Erie Land Company’s contractor to put down the final surface coat, from one end of the development to the other.

“They should probably start that this week,” he noted.

Once the job is complete, the town will accept the roads as public rights-of-way into its street inventory, and then regular maintenance will become the town’s responsibility.



Posted 7/26/2017




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