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East Porter Avenue at box culvert remains closed

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East Porter Ave. will remain closed between Dickinson Road and 250E until the middle of October at the latest.

That’s the word from Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell, who told the Stormwater Management Board at its meeting Monday night that work continues on the installation of the box culvert which has replaced the old--and crumbling--bridge.

The wing walls are now completed, O’Dell said, the sub-base for the roadway has been installed, and curb, gutter, and sidewalk have been, or soon will be, poured.

East Porter Ave. could re-open somewhat earlier than the middle of next month, O’Dell noted. But he was unwilling to be more specific, given the usual unknown unknowns.

The project was badly delayed this summer by the failure of Frontier Communications to re-locate two of its utility lines, which prevented general contractor Grimmer Construction Inc. of Highland from aggressively moving forward on the build. Bad weather also contributed to the delay.

Until the box culvert is open for traffic, motorists will be forced to continue to detour around East Porter Ave.: motorists eastbound on East Porter Ave. are being directed south on Dickinson Road, east on Sidewalk Road, north on 250E, then back to East Porter Ave.; the detour is simply reversed for motorists westbound on East Porter Ave.

The contract price of the project: $619,370.22, a portion of which is being defrayed by a Community Crossings state infrastructure grant.

August in Review

In August the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $18,994 and in the year-to-date a surplus of $140,264.


Posted 9/18/2018





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