contractor hit not one water line in Chesterton over the weekend but two, as
crews were working on installing a fiber-optic line in the 100 block of West
project is a Verizon upgrade and not affiliated with the town’s own
municipal fiber-optic network.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg identified the company which pulled the
excavation permit, on behalf of Verizon, as LTS Managed Technical Services
LLC of Elmhurst, Ill.
The first breach
occurred around 2:30 p.m. Friday when an LTS crew struck a water service
lateral in the 100 block of West Porter Ave. while directional-boring, Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell said. Fire Chief John Jarka told the Chesterton
Tribune that he was informed at 8 p.m. Friday that an Indiana American
Water Company (IAWC) crew was on site to make repairs.
Then, around 3:30
p.m. Saturday, an LTS crew hit the actual water main itself near the
intersection of West Porter Ave. and South Calumet Road. Jarka was unable to
say when IAWC repaired that breach.
whether the line breaches were the result of faulty locates or something
else, but O’Dell said that the contractor was informed of the utility-dense
infrastructure along West Porter Ave. “We warned them that there’s a lot of
utilities in that area.”
his part, said that manhole lids will be pulled at West Porter Ave. and
South Calumet Road to ensure that no stormwater or sanitary sewer has been
Verizon is in the
process of installing a fiber-optic line through town to its cell tower at
the Porter Regional Hospital ambulance barn at East Porter Ave. and
Roosevelt Street. The line begins on South Babcock Road, runs east along
1050N, north on South 11th Street to 1100N, east to South Fifth Street,
north to West Porter Ave., and then will proceed east the rest of the way to