Chesterton Tribune



Bad weather delays start of RR fiber optic work

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The installation of fiber-optic conduit on North 15th Street, underneath the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroad rights-of-way, was scheduled to begin on Monday, but the winter storm which knocked out power to tens of thousands in Northwest Indiana put the kibosh on that.

So Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported at Monday’s meeting of the Redevelopment Commission.

All necessary permits have been obtained from the two railroads and the work will be re-scheduled as soon as possible, O’Dell said. When finally in the ground, this last stretch of conduit will complete the main fiber optic ring in the Town of Chesterton. A stub will also be sent north into the Town of Porter--to provide fiber optic service to the town hall, the police department, the public works building, and Yost Elementary School--but negotiations are still under way with Amtrak, since the conduit will similarly need to be bored under that railroad’s right-of-way.

At the moment, the fiber optic network’s only live customer is the Duneland Schools, O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune after the meeting.

December Meeting

Because the Redevelopment Commission’s meeting next month falls on Christmas Eve, members voted unanimously to cancel the December meeting.

Should a last-minute piece of urgent business emerge, the commission will hold a special meeting after the statutory 48-hour notification.



Posted 11/27/2018




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