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Final overrun on East Porter Avenue box culvert $57,635

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The total cost overrun on the East Porter Ave. box culvert project: $57,635.10, or 9.3 percent of the original contract price of $619,370.20.

The new price for the project, as Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported at Monday night’s meeting of the Redevelopment Commission: $677,005.30.

That overrun, however--contrary to what commission members might have been led to believe at their September meeting--was not chiefly the result of the delays to the project caused by Frontier Communications’ failure to re-locate a pair of utility lines in a timely fashion.

As Member Emerson DeLaney noted, “I’ve talked to Mark (O’Dell) and the Town Attorney about the costs associated with the Frontier delay. As it turns out, it wasn’t a whole lot more.”

On the contrary, the bulk of the overrun is connected with the unsuitable backfill found at the site once the general contractor, Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland, began excavating. That soil, O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting, was full of debris, garbage, old tree stumps, and such, forcing Grimmer to bring in clean backfill.

Grimmer also was forced to dig eight feet deeper than expected when soft peat was found below the culvert, O’Dell said.

The total cost associated with the backfill issue: $57,758.24, the single highest line item in the change order approved by the commission on Monday.

That change ordered included numerous other additions but multiple deducts as well, bringing the final overrun to $57,635.10.

Approximately $250,000 of the total cost will be reimbursed through a Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.

TIF Projects Postponed

In other business, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that several projects which he’d originally planned to pursue this year in the town’s tax increment financing districts have been postponed to next year.

They include the re-pave of 200E south of Sidewalk Road. Although that roadway sustained damage by heavy trucks during the construction of the Urschel Laboratories Inc. facility at Coffee Creek Center, Schnadenberg said that he’s elected to give it a new surface of asphalt next year, due to the heavy residential construction currently ongoing in the Morgan’s Corner neighborhood, at the southwest corner of 200E and Sidewalk Road.

Several sidewalk replacements planned along South Calumet Road were also postponed, largely because the Street Department ran out of time this season, Schnadenberg said.

The Street Department has, however, completed the placement of decorative sleeves around street signs along Indian Boundary Road east of Ind. 49, he added. “A lot of the main thoroughfares coming into town have the decorative sleeves now,” Schnadenberg said. “And it really makes a big difference.”


Posted 10/24/2018




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