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Schnadenberg in home stretch of Chesterton paving season

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August is looking to be another busy month for the Chesterton Street Department, with work soon set to start on the season's last two high-profile paving projects.

As Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday night, Indiana American Water Company's contractor has finally completed the installation of a new main in South Park Acres, which means that sometime before the end of the month Rieth-Riley Construction Company will mill and re-pave the entirety of that subdivision, including South Park Drive, Timber Court, and Elm Court.

Meanwhile, NIPSCO is still at work on the installation of new natural-gas main along North Calumet Road. When that job is done, North Calumet Road between Indian Boundary Road and the Norfolk Southern railroad right-of-way will also be milled and re-paved.

The South Park Acres and North Calumet Road projects are being partially funded by a 50/50 Community Crossings state infrastructure grant. Rieth Riley, the low bidder, was awarded the $370,999.95 contract for both in June.


In related business, Schandeberg reported that the sidewalk on the south side of Broadway between 18th and 19th streets has been replaced. "It was in pretty rough shape," he noted, after years of tree-root growth had buckled it in places like an accordion.

Next up: the sidewalk on the east side of South Calumet Road between Porter Ave. and Jefferson Ave. That stretch of South Calumet Road was closed today to allow the staging of heavy equipment.

Both projects are being done in-house, Schnandeberg said, and to date the Street Department has replaced 1,257 feet of sidewalk this season, in addition to the West Indiana Ave. project late last spring, where Walsh & Kelly replaced the sidewalk on the north side of the road all the way from Sixth Street to South 15th Street.

Wabash Ave. Sewer Main Repair

In other business, Utility Superintendent Dave Ryan told the council that Wabash Ave. between North Eighth Street and Locust Street would be closed again today, as crews worked to repair a failed sanitary sewer main near the Wabash Ave. townhomes.

The top of the main gave way at the point where a private service lateral is connected, Ryan told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting.

CFD Out of the Running

Meanwhile, Fire Chief John Jarka advised the council that the CFD is out of the running for a fire truck which the National Park Service is looking to donate to another entity.

Jarka did say at the council's last meeting that interest in the truck is high and that the application process highly competitive.


Posted 8/11/2020




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