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Downtown update: West Indiana and South Calumet closed on Monday

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Here’s where the Downtown utility project stands as of today.

Item: The third phase of the project will begin on schedule on Monday, April 25, as general contractor Rieth-Riley Construction Company commences work on the replacement of the sanitary sewer main between West Indiana Ave. and the Norfolk-Southern grade crossing.

Note: The intersection of South Calumet Road and West Indiana Ave. will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. No left turns from northbound South Calumet Road onto westbound West Indiana Ave. will be permitted on Monday. Motorists northbound on South Calumet Road will still be able to access Lois Lane—behind the South Calumet Road business block, adjacent to Coffee Creek Park—by turning right onto East Indiana Ave., just before The Flower Cart. Folks will be able to access Westchester Public Library from Second Street.

Item: Indiana-American Water Company’s hook-up of its new water main along the east side of South Calumet Road—which had been scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, with a boil advisory to follow on Thursday—was canceled. Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune today that Indiana-American will re-schedule that hook-up in a couple of weeks but no date has yet been set.

Item: The collapsed sanitary sewer gravity main along North Calumet Road—which failed on Sunday—has been repaired. Woodruff & Sons of Michigan City worked like animals on the repair, O’Dell said, and managed to complete it something like two days ahead of schedule. Both the southbound and northbound lanes of North Calumet Road are now open, although motorists northbound are encouraged to drive slowly and carefully over the still-graveled roadcut.

A reminder: all businesses in the Downtown—along South Calumet Road, along North Calumet Road, and along Broadway—are open. There’s ample parking along Lois Lane and in the overflow lots of the Westchester Public Library, the first across the street from the Library Service Center at 100 W. Indiana Ave., the second on the other side of Third Street across from the library parking lot proper.

All phases of the Downtown utility project—which, despite some setbacks and the weather, remains pretty much on schedule—are due to be completed early in June.


Posted 4/22/2011




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