Controlling storm water runoff at 900 North and Meridian Rd. got one step
closer this week, when the Porter County Drainage Board awarded a bid to a
Chesterton excavating company to improve drainage in the area.
At Monday’s meeting of the drainage board, a bid was awarded to RV Sutton of
Chesterton in the amount of $153,900. RV Sutton submitted the lower of two
received bids and is expected to complete the work by the end of June.
Bidders were asked to submit two proposals, one for traditional open
trenching and the other for directional boring. The boring method goes under
a roadway instead of cutting a trench across it. Once the hole is bored, a
piped is pushed through the hole.
The Meridian and 900 North intersection will require three such borings in
addition to other work. RV Sutton will install a 24-inch plastic pipe inside
a steel sleeve when boring is completed.
Flooding at that intersection has long been a problem and was identified in
a countywide storm water drainage plan completed in December of last year.
Open trenching is less expensive but more disruptive and time consuming.
With the trench method a 4-foot trench is dug, the pipe put into it and
buried and the road then resurfaced.
Dave Burrus, Drainage Board President said he favored the more costly boring
“With a fire station emergency and school traffic it would be a nightmare,
if the intersection had to be open cut,” Burrus said.
Al Hoagland, Porter County Highway Superintendent, said he was at the
meeting to voice his support for directional boring at the site.
“I understand that money is an issue, but if at all possible I would prefer
boring to be done, over open trenching. With open trenching the road would
be blocked and it always leaves a patch and from then on requires continuous
maintenance,” Hoagland said.
The board also received an unsuccessful bid for the work, from G.E. Marshall
of Valparaiso, in the amount of $175, 915.
The Drainage Board’s next meeting is scheduled for June 13, at 8:30 a.m. at
the Porter County Government Administration Center, 155 Indiana Ave.,
Valparaiso, Room 205.