The soothing sounds
of a jackhammer greeted motorists this morning at the intersection of South
Calumet Road and West Indiana Ave., as Chesterton Street Department employee
Scott Siewert went to town in preparation for the pouring of a new sidewalk
extension, probably on Wednesday.
The idea of the
extension, roughly fishhook-shaped: to widen the radius of motorists turning
right onto westbound West Indiana Ave., and channel them into the one-way
lane on the south side of the roadway.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg explained, the sidewalk extension will
prevent motorists from rear-ending vehicles parked in the new angled spaces
on the north side of West Indiana Ave. “We don’t want anyone coming around
the corner and hitting a parked car,” he said.
reckons that he can get two to three angled spaces into the space just east
of the utility pole. Inside the fishhook Schnadenberg is eyeing the
placement of a bike rack and perhaps a flower planter.
Angled parking will
be installed on the north side of West Indiana Ave. in both the 100 and the
300 blocks but not in front of Westchester Public Library. As part of the
project, the Street Department will mill, re-pave, and stripe West Indiana
Ave. from South Calumet Road to Fifth Street.