of Gateway Blvd. is 98 percent complete.
That’s the word
from Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell at Monday’s meeting of the
Still to be done:
the installation of signage at the exit of the private drive serving the Bob
Two types of signs
have yet to be erected, O’Dell said: a Right-Out Only sign, for motorists
leaving the Bob Evans; and Do Not Enter signs immediately opposite that
exit, at the mouth of a dedicated left-turn lane for westbound motorists to
enter the Bob Evans drive.
At the moment,
O’Dell said, the dedicated left-turn lane is closed by construction barrels.
The project “worked
out really well,” O’Dell noted. Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg
concurred. It’s rare, he said, when a municipality can conceive, design, and
execute a major infrastructure project within a single calendar year. “For
government, that’s a pretty good job.’
Walsh & Kelly, in particular did fine work, Schnadenberg added. “We’re weeks
ahead of schedule.”
O’Dell did say that
the town will ask the Indiana Department of Engineering to adjust the timing
of the left-turn signal for motorists westbound on Gateway Blvd. to turn
south onto Ind. 49.
The point of the
project: to eliminate the rush-hour bottleneck of westbound traffic, created
by the pinching of the four westbound lanes at the mouth of Gateway
Blvd.--at Ind. 49--into two lanes just east of the Speedway gas station.
The contract price:
LED Sign at 1100N
In other business,
members voted unanimously to purchase a new informational sign for the
intersection of 1100N and 100E, at a price of $6,290.
sign--which will have interior LED illumination--will be posted at the
intersection for west- and eastbound traffic, and below “100E” will direct
drivers by arrow to the Downtown business district.
“It’ll help with
clarification at that intersection,” O’Dell said, and specifically will
direct visitors from out of town--either going to or coming from Chesterton
High School and Dogwood Park events--to the Downtown.
voted unanimously to hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, for
the purpose of opening bids for the construction of the fiber optic network,
a project which the commission has been working on for the better part of
An opening on the
Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission has opened, with the resignation of
Robert Poparad Jr., who is moving out of town.
Under state law,
however, the seat is open only to current elected or appointed municipal
officials or to municipal employees, Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela told
the Town Council at its meeting Monday night.
Candidates for the
seat may belong to any political party.
should submit a letter of interest to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office. The term
expires in 2019.
Poparad had been a
member of the Tax Abatement Advisory Committee.