Chesterton Tribune



Fiber optic contractor hits water line and sewer main

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The contractor installing fiber optic conduit in the Town of Chesterton struck a water main on Friday afternoon, one day after breaching a sanitary sewer main.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune today that Friday’s incident occurred in the afternoon on West Porter Ave. just west of South Fifth Street., as CSU Inc. of Plainfield, Ind., was working on the fiber-optic network’s backbone. An Indiana American Water Company crew had the issue resolved by early evening, O’Dell said.

Around 12 p.m. Thursday, CSU was boring on South Fifth Street just north of Chestnut Blvd. when it bored into the top of a sanitary gravity main. CSU, assisted by the Chesterton Utility, repaired the breach itself, replacing a six-foot section of pipe.

CSU has installed more than 50,000 linear feet of conduit thus far, O’Dell said, and until Thursday had experienced no issues. CSU’s low-bid contract price for installing the network: $1,233,673.91.


Posted 2/5/2018




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