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East Porter Avenue to close

There was a error in a story on the front page of Tuesday’s edition of the Chesterton Tribune.

East Porter Ave. between Dickinson Road and 250E will close on Monday, June 18. The closure is scheduled to remain in effect through July 15.

The Tribune regrets the error.



East Porter Ave. between Dickinson Road and 250E will be closed for at least a month, beginning on Monday, June 18, as a contractor begins the process of removing the bridge over Sand Creek and replacing it with a box culvert.

So Chesterton Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported at the Town Council’s meeting Monday night.

The closure is currently scheduled to remain in effect through July 15, O’Dell said, but an ongoing delay in the manufacture of the culvert could mean that East Porter Ave. will be closed longer than that.

The posted detour for motorists eastbound on East Porter Ave.: south on Dickinson Road, east on Sidewalk Road, north on 250E, then back to East Porter Ave.

The detour will simply be reversed for westbound motorists.

Residents of the Villages and Estates of Sand Creek will have access to their subdivisions.

From the Streets

In other business, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that he expects the first paving project of the season to begin on Monday, June 18: the re-surfacing of South Calumet Road from Porter Ave. to the Post Office.

That job should take a good four days, Schnadenberg told the council, inasmuch as some five inches of asphalt will need to be milled down to the concrete subsurface. One lane will be kept open for the duration of the project but motorists might still want to find alternative routes.

The estimated cost of the South Calumet Road job: $160,000. A Community Crossings state infrastructure grant will pay for $40,195 of the project; while tax increment funding revenues will fund the balance of around $116,000.

Schnadenberg added that he will have a full list of this season’s other paving projects for the council at its next meeting, June 25. In May members released $100,000 in CEDIT moneys to be used for roadwork.

Other Street Department news:

* Crews have begun removing old sidewalk on West Porter Ave. and Jefferson Ave., and a contractor should be on site this week to start pouring new sidewalk.

* Members voted unanimously to declare surplus a 2002 Ford F-550 and a 2008 Ford F-250. Those will go on the block at the town’s annual auction in September. Schnadenberg is currently soliciting quotes for a new truck and expects to pay--after municipal discounts--around $29,800 for a 2018 Ford with snowplow package.

Smoke Alarm Recycling

Meanwhile, members agreed by consensus to authorize Fire Chief John Jarka to provide at the fire station--and in partnership with Porter County Recycling & Waste Reductio--a recycling drop-off location for old smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms contain minute amounts of radioactivity, Jarka noted, and should not be tossed in the regular trash.

There will be no cost to the town for maintaining the drop-off location and Recycling & Waste Reduction will pick up the smoke detectors and dispose of them properly.

Boxcar Restroom

Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias reported that the Park Department has acquired the piping for the water line which will serve the boxcar restroom facility in Thomas Centennial Park.

Sometime this week, Mathias said, a Park Department crew will install the line in-house with the department’s trencher.



Posted 6/12/2018




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