The new target date
for re-opening East Porter Ave. between Dickinson Road and 250E--closed for
the installation of a box culvert, on the site of the old bridge over Sand
Creek--is now Thursday, Sept. 27.
So Chesterton Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell announced at Monday’s meeting of the Redevelopment
culvert’s east wing walls have already been installed and installation of
the west walls should begin this week, there’s still significant work yet to
complete, O’Dell said: stormsewers and guardrails need to be installed, the
roadway re-constructed, curbs and gutters poured, and stream bank
stabilization matting laid.
The project had
been dogged earlier this summer by the failure of Frontier Communications to
re-locate two of its utility lines--an underground fiber optic line and an
overhead telephone line--and though that work is now done, the delay blew
holes in the general contractor’s schedule, O’Dell told the Chesterton
Tribune after the meeting. Scheduled deliveries of material had to be
postponed, for instance, and a crane rental had to be re-scheduled. “The
contractor had rented a crane for a particular day,” he said. “Then he had
to cancel it because of Frontier. And when he tried to re-schedule the crane
it was already booked.”
is asking the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to extend once again
the expiration date of a permit allowing the contractor to work in a
salmonid stream. The original permit expired on July 15, the extended permit
expired on Aug. 18, and to date O’Dell said that he hasn’t heard back from
DNR. O’Dell did say that, if all goes well, the contractor should be
completely out of the Sand Creek stream for good within the next two weeks.
The recent rains
haven’t done much for the schedule either, O’Dell added. “Everyone is
working as diligently as they can.”
As luck would have
it too, Indiana American Water Company (IAWC) is now voicing dissatisfaction
with the utility re-location plan which they previously reviewed and
approved. But IAWC isn’t in a position to delay things further, O’Dell said.
“The water company’s having problems with the culvert. But that’s their
problem, not ours. It’s on them. We can’t let them get in the way of the
Until the box
culvert is open for traffic, motorists will be forced to continue to detour
around the East Porter Ave. closure: motorists eastbound on East Porter Ave.
are being sent south on Dickinson Road, east on Sidewalk Road, north on
250E, then back to East Porter Ave.; the detour is simply reversed for
motorists westbound on East Porter Ave.
The contractor on
the job: Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland. The contract price:
$619,370.20, a portion of which is being defrayed by a Community Crossings
state infrastructure grant.