After weather-induced hiccups this winter and spring, the Ind. 49 utility
corridor project is finally nearing completion.
So Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported to the Redevelopment
Commission at its meeting Monday night.
The water main is in, the sanitary sewer system is mostly in, and
restoration has begun on the east side of Ind. 49, near the Lakeshore Bone &
Joint Institute at Coffee Creek Center, where road pavers removed for
excavation are being replaced.
Meanwhile, the foundation for the lift station building has been poured and
the pumps are on their way but the building will still need to be wired and
powered, O’Dell said.
Also in the works: the extension of Porter County’s portion of the sanitary
sewer system, which will serve unincorporated Liberty Township south of the
town’s corporate limits.
“We’re kind of wrapping things up,” O’Dell said.
The basic concept of the project is to open commercial development along the
Ind. 49 corridor, by extending sanitary sewer, stormwater, water, and fiber
optic infrastructure south under the Indiana Toll Road, across Ind. 49 from
the east side to the west side, and then down to the town’s southernmost
Porter County has partnered with the town and paid the $724,409 cost of
up-sizing the sanitary sewer line to give it sufficient capacity to serve
unincorporated property owners.
Total cost of the project, including the county’s share: $2,880,865. General
contractor: LGS Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point.
“This is something we’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Town Council Member
Sharon Darnell, D-4th, said at the end of the council’s meeting later in the
evening. “This is important to the future of Chesterton and the county. This
is a big deal.”
Members voted 5-0 to pay the following claims: $124,342.42 from LGS
Plumbing; $1,303.60, $15,665, and $700, all from DLZ; and $837.50 from
Harris Welsh & Lukmann.