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Engineering contract awarded for WestchesterLiberty Trail Phase III

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At its Zoom meeting Monday night, the Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously to award the contract for engineering and right-of-way acquisition for Phase III of the Westchester-Liberty Trail to American StructurePoint of Highland.

All members and department heads were in attendance.

The contract price: $296,315. Under the terms of the contract, American StructurePoint must provide $1 million in professional liability insurance.

Harris Welsh & Lukmann will assist with the appraisal and acquisition of public right-of-way needed for the project, which will extend an eight-foot hike/bike trail along the north side of 1100N from South Fifth Street to 100E. A branch line will also be constructed, roughly mid-way between South Fifth Street and 100E, across 1100N into the Tamarack subdivision by way of a corridor owned by the Park Department. Then hikers and bikers will be able to access Coffee Creek Center via the Tamarack public sidewalks and Rail Road.

Phase III is being funded by a 75/25 match grant in the amount of $1,209,375 awarded by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. Member Jim Ton, R-1st, reminded his colleagues that the town opted to apply for a 75/25 match, rather than the more usual 80/20 grant, to make the Town of Chesterton more competitive and attractive in the grant process. “We beefed it up from 80/12 to win the grant,” he said.

When completed, the Westchester-Liberty Trail will link Coffee Creek Center to the 23rd Street Sidewalk all the way to the Prairie Duneland Trail and beyond.

“It’s all about the kids,” Ton noted. “We really need to get the kids to school safely.”

Ton also congratulated Town Engineer Mark O’Dell on another successful grant application. “You did a tremendous job,” he said.

Replied O’Dell, “Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala, and I all worked together on the application. It was a team effort.”

Member Bob Allison, D-4th, thanked O’Dell as well, in particular for his skill in explaining complicated civil engineering projects simply. “Kudos to you for being able to explain these projects in layman’s terms,” he said. “It’s much appreciated.”



Posted 4/29/2020




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