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
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
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
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.
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.