, 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.
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.
* 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
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.
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.
Bruce Mathias reported that the Park Department has acquired the piping for
the water line which will serve the boxcar restroom facility in Thomas
Sometime this week,
Mathias said, a Park Department crew will install the line in-house with the