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CSX failed to give timely notice to town of crossing closures

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Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg isnít any happier than Dunelandís motorists are about the short notice given by CSX when it blows into town to close a grade-crossing and do track work.

At the Town Councilís meeting Monday night, Schnadenberg reported that heís gotten some guff about the last round of closures, which went into effect on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the 15th Street, Locust Street, and Waverly Road grade-crossings.

Hereís the problem, Schnadenberg said: CSX didnít bother to notify him about the impending closures until the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 30, well after that dayís deadline of the Chesterton Tribune.

That was a holiday weekend, of course, the Tribune doesnít publish on Labor Day, and so Schnadenberg couldnít have told the paper about the closures any earlier than after the fact, on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 3.

23rd Street Closure

In other business, Schnadenberg is reminding motorists to avoid if they can 23rd Street, which is closed to through-traffic this week between Idaho Street and Dakota Street. A private contractor is installing two sanitary sewer laterals, which will be connected to a manhole in the middle of 23rd Street some 13 feet deep.

Neighbors will be able to access their properties, Schnadenberg said. But through-motorists will be detoured: folks southbound on 23rd Street will be routed through the Western Acres subdivision; folks northbound will be routed through the Park View Place subdivision.

Road Salt

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg reported that the cost of road salt for the 2013-14 winter continues to go down.

The low bid came in at $48.84 per ton, which is nearly 7 percent lower than last seasonís bid of $52.36 and 28 percent lower than the 2010 seasonís bid of $68.


Posted 9/10/2013