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Downtown utility project on schedule

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By KEVIN NEVERS

NIPSCO has fallen a little behind in the Downtown.

But Indiana-American Water Company (IAWC) is right on schedule.

NIPSCO was supposed to have completed its portion of the utility project by Monday—the installation of a new natural-gas main along the west side of South Calumet Road—but Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told the Chesterton Tribune today that some weather days last week hindered NIPSCO’s progress.

It’s all good, though, because IAWC’s contractor, Woodruff & Sons, started work anyway on Monday on its portion of the project: the installation of a new water main along the east side of South Calumet Road.

So today NIPSCO was working at the south end of the site and Woodruff at the north end, just south of the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing.

NIPSCO was expecting to make its tap today, that is, to connect the new gas main at both ends, O’Dell said.

“They should be done tomorrow.”

Woodruff is due to finish the installation of the new water main by Monday, April 25, at which point the Utility’s contractor, Rieth-Riley, will begin its portion of the project: the replacement of a sanitary sewer main.

This last will be the bear of the project: the old sewer main is something like 15 feet below surface and excavation will have to thread a careful needle between the new gas main and the new water main. “It’ll be a tight fit but there’s enough room,” O’Dell said.

The sewer main replacement should be finished by June 4.

All businesses in the Downtown remain open with ample parking along West Indiana Ave. and in the auxiliary over-flow lots of the Westchester Public Library: one across the street from the Service Center in the 100 block; the other on the west side of Second Street across from the main library lot.

Public parking is also available behind the South Calumet Road business block, along Lois Lane and adjacent to Coffee Creek Park.

 

Posted 4/5/2011

 

 

 

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