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Work could begin soon on new signal at Indian Boundary and Calumet

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Work could soon begin on the modernization of the traffic signal at Indian Boundary Road and North Calumet Road, after the Chesterton Redevelopment Commission on Monday sent INDOT its share of the cost of the project.

At a special meeting, members voted 5-0 to cut a check in the amount of $50,318.66 to the Indiana Department of Transportation. The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is underwriting the project through a $223,578 80/20 grant.

INDOT has previously awarded the contract to Midwestern Electric Inc. of East Chicago.

“It’s a good deal anytime you can get 80 percent off anything,” Member Jim Ton said.

The project specs include the installation of an LED signal, a new controller box, new conduit wiring below ground, a battery backup system, and ornamental post and mast arms.

The intersection will also be re-striped but the timing of the signal itself will not be changed, as it must remain coordinated with the CSX railroad.

Town Engineer Mark O’Dell is hopeful the job will be finished before winter.

Ind. 49 Utility Corridor

In other business, members voted 5-0 to release 50 percent of the retainage withheld by the town for work done by general contractor LGS Plumbing as part of the Ind. 49 utility corridor project.

The retainage itself constitutes 5 percent of the total project cost of $2,956,161.84. Fifty percent of the retainage--that is, 2.5 percent of the total project cost--amounts to $73,422.86.

A few punch-list items remain to be completed by LGS Plumbing, O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting.



Posted 8/13/2014