The Porter County
Board of Commissioners awarded bids for its 2019 Community Crossings paving
projects at its meeting last week.
In the first round
of 2019 Community Crossings projects, the County will have three sections of
major roads paved: North Calumet Avenue from Valparaiso City Limits to U.S.
6, Meridian Road from Valparaiso City Limits to U.S. 6, and Sturdy Road from
the railroad crossing to U.S. 30.
The Board voted to
award the North Calumet Avenue project to Rieth-Riley, who had the low bid
of $414,647.50. The Meridian Road project was awarded to Walsh & Kelly for
the low bid of $330,531.90. The Sturdy Road project was awarded to Rieth-Riley
for the low bid of $66,241.10.
Robert Thompson said the roads will get a new layer of asphalt between one
and a half and two inches thick.
President Jeff Good, R-Center, noted that the County’s new Highway Engineer,
Matt Gavelek, has been working on making sure paving jobs last longer.
“We’ve started to up our game on using more weather resistant material,”
Chip and Seal
Superintendent Rich Sexton received approval to buy a used double drum
roller from West Side Tractor Sales for $36,900.
Sexton chose the
machine over a cheaper model that had over 4,000 hours of operation time on
it. He said the machine from West Side Tractor Sales has only 1,100 hours of
time on it, and double drum rollers generally need major maintenance
starting at 8,000 hours. The machine is one of the last pieces in the
Department’s fleet of equipment for doing in-house chip and seal of County
Sexton said his
crew will chip and seal about 56 miles of roads in unincorporated Porter
County this year as part of an effort to preserve approximately 118 miles of
roadway before major repairs are needed.
Of the 56 miles up
for a new seal, about 18 miles are in Duneland. North Commissioner Jim Biggs
said, “There’s going to be a lot of work in Jackson, Liberty, and Pine, as
well as up by the National Park,” including major work on Meridian Road and
North Calumet between U.S. 6 and Valparaiso City Limits.
sections of Duneland roads are on Sexton’s list: 350E in Jackson Township
from 1050N to Burdick Road, 700N in Jackson Township from 625E to Old State
Road 2, 725 N in Jackson Township from 400E to 500E, Burdick Road in
Westchester/Pine Townships from 250E to 400E, 425E in Pine Township from
1500N to Furness Road, 500E in Pine Township from 1400N to 1500N, 250E in
Jackson Township 1050N (200 ft), 600E in Jackson Township from Ind. 2 to
700N, 700N in Jackson Township from railroad crossing to the end, Hadenfelt
in Westchester Township from pavement to Furnessville Road, Veden Road in
Westchester Township from pavement to Furnessville Road, 1325N in Pine
Township from Brummitt Road to 375E, 450E in Pine Township from 1400N to the
Little Calumet, 575E in Pine Township from Burdick Road to 1250N, 1000N in
Liberty Township from 200W to Town limits, 200E in Liberty Township from
Toll Road to 900N, Mink Lake in Liberty Township from Calumet to the end,
950N in Liberty Township from Meridian Road to Town limits.